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Full text of "Proceedings of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada at the annual convocation, 1951"

OF THE 



GRAND CHAPTER 



of 
ROYAL ARCH 





19 51 



NINETY-THIRD 

ANNUAL CONVOCATION 

TORONTO, ONTARIO 
APRIL 25 and 26, 




BROCK 

UNIVERSITY 

LIBRARY 



From the 
Masonic Library 

of 
Lawrence Runnalls 
St. Catharines 
August 1988 



LIBRARY ° 
BROCK UNIVERSITY 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA AS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
KEMPTVILLE, ONTARIO, ON MONDAY THE EIGHTH DAY OF MAY, 
1950, A. INV. 2480. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. ) 

R. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid Grand H.l Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. J .A. M. Taylor Grand J. \ Counci1 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. C. D. Beckett Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Gillespie Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. C. J. Lazerte Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. H. W. Aunger Grand Prin. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. L. Perry Grand Sr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. E. A. Cook Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. H. E. Meadd Grand Organist 

R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Markell Grand Supt. No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. C. A. Bailey Grand Supt. No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. L. V. Wood Grand D. of C. 

Comp. Hugh McCabe Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: — 

V. Ex. Comp., Humphrey 
V. Ex. Comp. Howie 
V. Ex. Comp. Flatters 
Ex. Comp. McLeod 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.45 p.m. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Maitland Chapter, No. 68 Royal 
Arch Masons of Kemptville, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.45 P.M. 





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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
TILLSONBURG, ONTARIO, ON TUESDAY THE TENTH DAY OF 
OCTOBER A.D. 1950, A. INV. 2480. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z.\ c . 

R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw Grand H. > Council 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor Grand J./ 

M. Ex.Comp. Fred Dean Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor L. Mutton Grand Prin. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Bond as Grand Sr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford as Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Stothers Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis MacD. Reid Grand Supt. 

Comp. George H. Scott at Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. W. H. Parker V. Ex. Comp. C. J. Sharp 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney V. Ex. Comp. Alex Wishart 
R. Ex. Comp. Lester Jackson Ex. Comp. T. H. Leslie 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper Ex. Comp. Fred M. Smith 

R. Ex. Comp. L. B. Boyle Ex. Comp. Vernon Ryerse 

R. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark 

R. Ex. Comp. Willard Butler R. Ex. Comp. John Lee 

R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Churchill R. Ex. Comp. Joe Carson 
V. Ex. Comp. Morley Spera 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 P.M. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Tillsonburg Chapter No. 255 
Royal Arch Masons of Tillsonburg, Ontario, also the presentation of the Charter. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
Josed Grand Chapter at 11.15 P.M. 

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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
SHELBOURNE, ONTARIO, ON WEDNESDAY THE EIGHTH DAY OF 
NOVEMBER A.D. 1950, A. INV. 2480. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Corap. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z.\ r , 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden Grand HA ~ T an ., 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor Grand J.J ^ ounc11 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor L. Mutton Grand Prin. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Charles H. MacDonald Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert Grand Supt. 

V. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gardner as Grand Sr. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. G. McClure as Grand Jr. Soj. 

Comp.Robinson as Grand Organist 

Comp. Harry Francis as Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. L. Hewson Ex. Comp. C. Cheyne 

R. Ex. Comp. Orton T. Walker R. Ex. Comp. Allan Mason 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred Edwards R. Ex. Comp. R. G. Barton 

R. Ex. Comp. R. M. Finlay R. Ex. Comp. James A. Robertson 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney V. Ex. Comp. R. W. Hall 

R. Ex. Comp. W. J. Price V. Ex. Comp. H. Spratt 

Ex. Comp. W. Boyle V. Ex. Comp. Malcolm 
Ex. Comp. Paul Vorvis Ex.Comp. Geo. Macdonell 

Ex. Comp. F. O. Abbott Ex. Comp. John Sheard 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 P.M. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Prince Edward Chapter No. 
218 Royal Arch Masons of Shelburne, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 11.00 P.M. 




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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
CALEDONIA, ONTARIO, ON THURSDAY THE NINTH DAY OF 
NOVEMBER A.D. 1950, A. INV. 2480. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. j 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark Grand H. (. Grand 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor Grand J. \ Counal 

R. Ex. Comp. C. W. Emmett Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford Grand Prin. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Lee Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. George Pepper Grand Supt. 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. E. Gardner Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. L McDougal Grand Sr. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Chas. Clayton Grand Jr. Soj. 

Comp. Percy Young Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

Ex. Comp. J. Turnbull Ex. Comp. B. Britton 

Ex. Comp. Jas. Logie Ex. Comp. J. Renfrew 

Ex. Comp. Geo. Lambert Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood 

Ex. Comp. William Dixon 
Ex. Comp.E. C. McCallagh 
Ex. Comp. B. Lankester 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.50 P.M. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Caledonia Chapter No. 263 
Royal Arch Masons of Caledonia, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.45 P.M. 




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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
WHITEHORSE, YUKON TERRITORIES, ON WEDNESDAY THE 
SEVENTEENTH DAY OF JANUARY A.D. 1951, A. INV. 2481. 

PRESENT 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Acting Grand Z. 

Grand Council 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

Ex. Comp. E. W. Steeves Acting Grand Scribe N. 

Comp. Thomas Nelson Acting Grand Chaplain 

Comp. R. G. Lee Acting Grand Prin. Soj. 

Comp. J. B. Watson Acting Grand D. of C. 

Ex. Comp. A. Burnside Acting Grand Supt. 

Comp. H. W. Challand Acting Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

Comp. J. Reid Comp. W. D. Coutts 

Comp. W. Abernethy Comp. H. W. Hadland 

Comp. L. Myers Comp. John Cambridge 
Comp. E. M. Jensen 

Grand Chapter was opened in Form at 9.15 P.M. when the Grand Third 
Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for the 
purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Yukon Chapter No. 256 Royal Arch 
Masons of Whitehorse Yukon Territories, also the presentation of the Charter. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Right Excellent the Grand Third Prin- 
cipal closed Grand Chapter at 11.15 P.M. 





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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 

AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, BELLE- 
VILLE, ONTARIO, ON MONDAY THE NINTH DAY OF APRIL A.D. 
1951, A. INV. 2481. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. \ Crand 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand H. V rZ^rU 

R. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor Grand J.) council 

R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Kinnear Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon W. Bailey Grand Supt. 

V. Ex. Comp. Frank Walker Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor Mutton Grand Prin. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Everett C. Wood Grand Sr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. M. Roy Anderson Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce Smith Grand D. of C. 

V. Ex. Comp. Don Hyndman Grand Pursuivant 

Ex. Comp. Bob White Grand Outer Guard 

Ex. Comp. W. P. Youdale Grand Organist 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney R. Ex. Comp. Lloyd B. Gillespie 

R. Ex. Comp. Frank Chester R. Ex. Comp. Sherman Cooper 

R. Ex.Comp. T. W. Solmes R. Ex. Comp. A. E. Holmes 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Letman R. Ex. Comp. W. Brady 

R. Ex. Comp. Harvey Milne R. Ex. Comp. J. A. Phillips 

R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth S. Clark R. Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague 

R. Ex. Comp. G. Watson V. Ex. Comp. Ray MacFadden 

V. Ex. Comp. R. E. Houston Ex. Comp. T. H. L. Payne 

Ex. Comp. H. Burke Ex. Comp. G. E. Mason 

Ex. Comp. T. C. Lloyd Ex. Comp. W. C. Hogeboom 

Ex. Comp. F. R. J. Cooey Ex. Comp. Ivan Caldwell 

Ex. Comp. R. J. Virign Ex. Comp. T. H. Burgis 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 8.15 P.M. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Moira Chapter No. 7 and 
Quinte Friendship Chapter No. 227, Royal Arch Masons of Belleville, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal 
closed Grand Chapter at 10.30 P.M. 




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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



PROCEEDINGS 



AN ESPECIAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND CHAPTER OF ROYAL 
ARCH MASONS OF CANADA WAS HELD IN THE MASONIC HALL, 
PARIS, ONTARIO, ON MONDAY THE SIXTEENTH DAY OF APRIL 
A.D. 1951, A. INV. 2481. 

PRESENT 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. i r , 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw Grand H.V ^T™ .. 

R. Ex. Comp. John A. M. Taylor Grand J.j council 

R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailey Stothers Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

Ex. Comp. R. Douglas MacDonald Grand Chaplain 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis M. Reid Grand Supt. 

V. Ex. Comp. Melville S. Gooderham Grand D. of C. 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor Mutton Grand Prin. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Manley Spera Grand Sr. Soj. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Walker Grand Jr. Soj. 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford Grand Pursuivant 

V. Ex. Comp. S. B. Strickland Grand Organist 

Comp. Arthur Sugden Acting Grand Outer Guard 

and the following assisting: 

R. Ex. Comp. Robrt. N. McElhinney R. Ex. Comp. R. W. E. McFadden 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper R. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert R. Ex. Comp. J. L. Churchill 

R. Ex. Comp. W. F. Earl R. Ex. Comp. Robt. Clark 

R. Ex. Comp. H. P. Grant R. Ex. Comp. Allan Mason 

R. Ex. Comp. Bert Stobbs R. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gardner 

R. Ex. Comp. Lew Hewson R. Ex. Comp. W. W. Tough 

R. Ex. Comp. Harold Carr V. Ex. Comp. Frank Leuty 

V. Ex. Comp. E. T. Spera V. Ex. Comp. H. E. Abell 
V. Ex. Comp. C. J. Sharpe 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form at 9.00 P.M. when the Grand 
First Principal announced that the Especial Convocation had been called for 
the purpose of Dedicating the Chapter Room for Brant Chapter No. 115 Royal 
Arch Masons of Paris, Ontario. 

The Ceremony being concluded the Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal closed Grand Chapter at 11.35 P.M. 





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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 11 

GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

PROCEEDINGS 

THE NINETY-THIRD ANNUAL CONVOCATION OF THE GRAND 
CHAPTER ROYAL ARCH MASONS OF CANADA, HELD IN THE 
KING EDWARD HOTEL, TORONTO, ONTARIO ON APRIL 25th 
AND 26th, 1951. 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts Grand Z. j 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand H.\ ran 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander McDonald Taylor Grand J. | 

PAST GRAND Zs. 
Most Ex. Comps. LLewellyn F. Stephens, John M. Burden, Reginald V. E. 
Conover, Frederick W. Dean, Roderick B. Dargavel. 

M. Ex. Comp.John M. Burden, K.C. Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. Canon L. F. Crothers Grand Chaplain 

R. E. Comp. Elmer M. Woolcock Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Victor L. Mutton Grand Principal Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. James A. Smith Grand Senior Sojourner 

V. Ex. Comp. F. A. R. MacFadden Grand Junior Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. William H. Parker Grand Registrar 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

V. Ex. Comp. Melville Gooderham Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Charles W. Few Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold Perkins Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

V. Ex. Comp. James V. Scrimger Grand Organist 

V. Ex. Comp. Hugh Donald Hyndman Grand Pursuivant 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. Lowell B. Boyle St. Clair District No. 1 

R. Ex. Comp. Abraham Cavanagh London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis MacD. Reid Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. William F. Elliot Huron District No. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas J. Mason Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. William E. Gardner Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Hugh D. Russell Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Brady Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Wm. Bailey Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Clinton A. Markell St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Clarence A. Bailey Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert S. Cade Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest G. Drew New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Roy A. Bilbrough Temiskaming District No. 16 



12 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

GRAND CHAPTER OPENED 

A Constitutional number of Chapters being represented by their 
qualified officers, the Ninety-Third Annual Convocation of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada was opened in Ample 
Form at ten o'clock a.m. 

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS 

The following distinguished guests were introduced by the 
Grand Director of Ceremonies V. Ex. Comp. M. S. Gooderham. 

MANITOBA 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba 
Mos Ex. Comp. J. V. Dillabough P.G.Z. 

QUEBEC 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Quebec 
Most Ex. Comp. Archie E. Dyson, Grand Z 
Right Ex. Comp. A. M. Baird, Grand H. 

NEW ZEALAND 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of New Zealand 
Right Ex. Comp. N. B. Spencer, Grand J. 
Ex. Comp. T. H. Hadfield 

CALIFORNIA 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of California. 
Most Ex. Comp. Angus L. Cavanagh, P.G.H.P. and our Grand 
Representative near the State of California. 

ILLINOIS 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois 
Representating Most Ex. Comp. Robert E. McLoud, G.H.P. 
our Representative R. Ex. Comp. J. J. Shelley. 

MASSACHUSETTS 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts 

Most Ex. Comp. William F. Clark, Grand High Priest and 
Grand Representative of the General Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons. 
Mos Ex. Comp. Ralph W. Copeland, Past Grand High Priest. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 13 

MICHIGAN 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Michigan 

Most Ex. Comp. Fred W. Moore, Grand High Priest 
Most Ex. Comp. A. M. Burke, Past Grand High Priest 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Hampshire 
Representing Most Ex. Comp. R. B. Lakeman, G.H.P. 
our Representative R. Ex. Comp. N. M. Sprague. 

NEW YORK 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch Masons 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Cliff A. McDonald, Our Grand Representative 
near the State of New York. 
Rt. Ex. Comp. H. Wilmot Young, Assistant Grand Lecturer. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of North Carolina 

Representing the Most Ex. Grand High Priest, our Repre- 
sentative R. Ex. Comp. A. G. Tipper. 

OHIO 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio. 
Most Ex. Comp. Anthony T. Vollman, Grand High Priest. 
Most Ex. Comp. Henry Gruen, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secy. 
Most Ex. Comp. James A. Gorham, P.G.H.P. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

The Grand Holy Royal Arch Chapter of Pennsylvania 
Most Ex. Comp. Ralph Walter, Grand High Priest 
Most Ex. Comp. Arthur L. Miller, P.G.H.P. and our Grand 
Representative near the State of Pennsylvania. 

VIRGINIA 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia. 

Most Ex. Comp. James O. Carson, Grand High Priest 



14 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



WISCONSIN 



Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, State of Wisconsi 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Oscar E. Peterson, Our Grand Representative 
near the State of Wisconsin. 

GRAND COUNCIL OF ROYAL 
AND SELECT MASTERS OF ONTARIO 

Most 111. Comp. William T. Wooster, Grand Master 

THE ORDER OF HIGH PRIESTHOOD OF ONTARIO 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Rev. A. S. H. Cree, President. 

THE SOVEREIGN GREAT PRIORY OF CANADA, OF THE 
UNITED ORDERS OF THE TEMPLE AND MALTA. 

Most Em. Sir Knight and Rt. Ex. Comp. John H. Eydt, 
Supreme Grand Master. 

THE SUPREME COUNCIL 33° ANCIENT AND ACCEPTED 
SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY IN THE 
DOMINION OF CANADA 

111. Bro. and Comp. Thomas K. Wade 33° 111. Deputy for 
Ontario. 

THE GRAND LODGE OF ANCIENT FREE AND ACCEPTED 
MASONS OF CANADA IN THE PROVINCE OF ONTARIO 
Most Wor. Bro. and Ex. Comp. James P. Maher, Grand Master 
Rt. Wor. Bro. and Comp. Ewart G. Dixon, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Honours were then given and an address of welcome 
was extended by Most Ex. Comp. Clarence McL. Pitts on behalf 
of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

CALL OFF GRAND CHAPTER 

The Most Excellent the Grand Z., directed that Grand Chapter 
be "Called Off" to permit, His Worship the Mayor of the City of 
Toronto, Brother Hiram E. McCallum to address and extend a 
Civic Welcome to our Guest and Companions. 

His Worship the Mayor of Toronto was presented by the 
Director of Ceremonies and welcomed by the Grand First Principal 
and invited to the dais. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 15 

His Worship in acknowledging his reception welcomed the 
members of Grand Chapter to the City of Toronto. "Nothing gives 
me greater pleasure than that of welcoming Masons to Toronto." 
The reputation earned by Toronto reflects to a large extent credit 
on the Masons who have made such valuable contributions to her 
success. He extended an invitation to Companions to visit the Sub- 
way and view the great engineering work entailed, and hoped the 
return visit of his audience would not be too far away. The Grand 
Z thanked the Mayor for his kind greetings, and permitted him to 
retire with the D. of C. 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED ON." 

ROYAL ARCH MASONS WELCOME 

Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, announced: — 

"All Royal Arch Masons, in good standing, and properly 
vouched for, will be made welcome during the Convocation." 

The delegates joined in singing the Hymn— 

"O GOD, OUR HELP IN AGES PAST," 

The Grand Chaplain, V. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring F. Crothers, 
offered the Invocation: 

Followed by a Prayer 

O God we beseech Thee to send Thy blessing upon this Convo- 
cation. Pour upon us the spirit of fellowship; purify and cleanse 
us from all that is unworthy of Thy calling. May a sense of duty 
and responsibility rest upon us as citizens of a peace-loving Country. 
Guard and protect our soldiers, sailors and airmen in Korea and 
elsewhere. Give to the Statesmen of the world wisdom that peace 
may yet be attained and the horrors of war averted. Awaken all 
to a greater consciousness of Thee that Thy will may be done upon 
earth as it is in Heaven. 

Our Father Who art in Heaven Hallowed be Thy name. Thy 
Kingdom come, Thy will be done upon earth as it is Heaven. Give 
us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we for- 
give them that trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, 
but deliver us from evil for Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and 
the Glory for ever and ever. Amen. 



16 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

MEMORIAL SERVICE 

The Companions joined in singing of "Abide With Me." 

Prayer by the Grand Chaplain, V. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring F. Crothers. 

The Souls of the Righteous are in the hand of God, and there shall no 
torment touch them. In the sight of the unwise they seem to die; and their 
departure taken for misery and there going from us to be utter destruction, but 
they are at peace. Wisdom of Solomon, Chapt. 2. 

Remember Thy servants O Lord, according to the favour which Thou 
bearest unto Thy people, and grant that increasing in knowledge and love of 
Thee, they may go from strength to strength in the life of perfect service in 
Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Forgive whatever of evil, bless what ever of good 
that it may be said of them, "Well done good and faithful servants enter thou 
into the joy of Thy Lord.' Amen. 

The delegates then joined in singing the National Anthem: 

"GOD SAVE THE KING" 

and 

"MY COUNTRY 'TIS OF THEE" 

One minute silence was then observed. 

PRESENTATION OF LIVING PAST GRAND Z's. 

The Grand Z., Most Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts re- 
quested the Grand Director of Ceremonies, V. Ex. Comp. M. S. 
Gooderham to present the living Past Grand Zs. The following were 
present: 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939-1940-1942. 

M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z., 1941. 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C., Grand Z., 1943-1944. 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reginald V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946. 

M. Ex. Comp. Frederick W Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948. 

Most Ex. Comp. Pitts extended a very warm and kindly welcome 
to the Past Grand Zs and on behalf of Humber Chapter No. 246 
Weston, he presented M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel with the 
25 Year Past First Principal's Jewel 1926-51, after which Grand 
Honours were accorded. 

TORONTO DISTRICTS 8 and 8A EXTEND WELCOME 
To the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal, Officers, and 
Members of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

On behalf of the Excellent First Principals, Officers and Com- 
panions of the twenty-six Chapters comprising the two Toronto 
Districts, numbers 8 and 8A, a happy privilege is ours in extending 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 17 

to you a very sincere welcome, and fraternal greetings at this ninety- 
third Annual Convocation of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada. 

To our distinguished guests from Sister Grand Jurisdictions in 
Canada and the United States, including the representatives from 
other Masonic bodies, we extend the same fraternal felicitations. 

This is the second consecutive Grand Chapter Convocation in 
Toronto, and while you may find very little change in its archi- 
tectural appearance, we assure you that progress has by no means 
been arrested. On the contrary, the development of this City has 
been such that we have perforce, had to delve into the very bowels 
of the earth to make way for a great expansion, and while we are 
making notable progress in material things, so have we advanced 
in the development of our educational, philanthropic, and religious 
development. In all of which may be seen the influence of this 
great community of Craft and Royal Arch Masons, who have their 
spheres of activity within the confines of this City. 

To you Most Excellent Sir, we can only reiterate sentiments 
expressed to you in the past. Since then it has become more and 
more apparent that you have, by your splendid leadership during 
your two years of office, guided the Craft to a safe and happy 
anchorage. The Toronto Jurisdictions have many happy recol- 
lections of your visits. 

To all Members of Grand Chapter, Past and Present, and those 
who will assume new responsibilities, we express to you our sincere 
thanks for all you have accomplished in the interests of our Royal 
Craft. We are deeply cognizant that matters of great import will 
engage your attention. But we have every confidence that these 
matters will be solved for the advancement of Royal Arch Masonry, 
and we pray that the Great Jehovah will guide you in your deliber- 
ations, and that Peace and Harmony will prevail. 

Signed on behalf of the Royal Arch Chapters of Toronto 
Districts 8 and 8A, this twenty-fifth day of April, Anno Inventionis 
2481, Anno Domini, 1951. 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT No. 8 

THOS. J. MASON-Grand Superintendent. Toronto East District No. 8 
H. CHAPMAN-St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4 G.R.C., Toronto 
WILLIAM KEWN-King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, G.R.C., Toronto. 
W. CLARK-York Chanter, No. 62, G.R.C., Toronto 
R. B. SIBBALD-St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, G.R.C., Toronto. 



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A. BROWN-Orient Chapter, No. 79, G.R.C., Toronto. 

E. K. GAIRMAN-Succoth Chapter, No. 135, G.R.C., Uxbridge. 

ALFRED COLWELL-The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, G.R.C., Toronto. 

T. MIDDLETON-The Beaches Chapter, No. 163, G.R.C., Toronto. 

R. A. MARSH-Victoria Chapter, No. 205, G.R.C., Thornhill. 

JAS. TURNBULL-St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, G.R.C., Toronto 

FRED H. CARTER-Beaver Chapter, No. 225, G.R.C., Toronto. 

C. A. C. GUNTON-Aurora Chapter, No. 235, G.R.C., Aurora. 

H. S. BIGGS-University Chapter, No. 241, G.R.C., Toronto. 

L. A. WOOLGER, 

District Secretary. 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT No. 8A 
W. E. GARDNER— Grand Superintendent, Toronto West District, No. 8A 
W. H. SHEARER-Occident Chapter, No. 77, G.R.C., Toronto. 
CHAS G. LITHERLAND-Toronto- Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, G.R.C., Toronto. 
ERNEST E. DOBSON-Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, G.R.C., Toronto. 
J. A. McCLEAVE-Peel Chapter, No. 195, G.R.C., Brampton. 
HAROLD HANDS-Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, G.R.C., Toronto. 
A. E. SHELLEY-Mimico Chapter, No. 215, G.R.C., Toronto. 
J. SYMES-Ulster Chapter, No. 219, G.R.C., Toronto. 
A. A. BECKETT-Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, G.R.C., Lambton Mills. 
CHAS. E. FALARDEAU-Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, G.R.C., Toronto. 
JAMES A. CODE-The St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, G.R.C., Toronto. 
H. McALLISTER-King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, G.R.C., Toronto. 
W. J. HANNAH-Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, G.R.C., Toronto. 
HAROLD J. REES-Humber Chapter, No. 246, G.R.C., Weston. 

FRANK E. JOHNSON, 

District Secretary. 

Most Ex. Comp. Clarence MacL. Pitts acknowledged the wel- 
come from the Toronto Districts 8 and 8A and assured the Superin- 
tendents that he appreciated their efforts and contribution to Royal 
Arch Masonry in their Districts, the Grand Z greeted the First 
Principals of the Chapters present and gave a special greeting to the 
two District Secretaries. 

CONFIRMATION OF MINUTES, 1950 

The Grand Scribe E. commenced reading the minutes of the 

Proceedings of the Ninety-Second Annual Convocation, held in the 

City of Toronto, when it was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 

Bradshaw, seconded by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved— "That as the Proceedings of the last Annual Convocation, held 
Wednesday and Thursday, April 26 and 27, 1950, have been printed and copies 
thereof sent to all the Chapters in this Jurisdiction, the recorded Minutes be 
considered as read, and the same is now confirmed." 

ORDER OF BUSINESS 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, and seconded 

by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved— "That the Order of Business of this Grand Convocation be chang- 
ed at the discretion of the Grand Z." 



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COMMITTEE ON CREDENTIALS 

R. Ex. Comp. James W. Woodland, Chairman of the Credent- 
ials Committee, reported that there are 155 Warranted Chapters 
on the Roll of Grand Chapter, of which 136 Chapters were repre- 
seted by the following:— 

No. 1 Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui, Kingston 

T. H. L. Payne, Z.; R. S. Walker, J.; H. J. Milne, L. M. Armstrong, P.Z's. 
No. 2 The Hiram, Hamilton. 

W. A. Scobbie, Z.; W. A. Wilton, H.; E. B. Davis, R. Buchanan, J. H. 

Forbes, J. C. Leith, P.Z's. 
No. 3 St, John's London. 

Edgar W. Hall, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 4 St. Andrew and St. John, Toronto. 

Robert N. McElhinney, P.Z. (Proxy) T. E. Peck, W. F. Eccles, G. G. 

Garnett, Victor L. Mutton, G. G. Sheppard, G. W. Slack, James 

Bain, P.Z's. 
No. 5 St. George's London. 

William T. Newman, Z.; W. B. Stothers, A. Cavanagh, A. C. Folmer, 

C. W. Few, Harry E. Abell, P.Z's. 
No. 6 St. John's, Hamilton. 

G. W. Britton, P.Z. (Proxy); C. Pepper, J. H. Eydt, J. E. Grady, 

W. G. Smitton, C. R. Lloyd, P.Z's. 
No. 7 The Moira, Belleville, Ont. 

Stanley H. Lennox, Z.; E. C. Wood, R. E. Houston, P.Z's. 
No. 8 King Solomon's, Toronto. 

W. Kewn, Z.; William Holywell, F. J. Johnson, A. T. Lewis, Le Roy 

DeWitt, D. L. Munro, Elmer Woolcock, A. Carwithen, A. L. Tinker, S. 

J. Hutchinson, W. H. Hoare, P.Z's. 
No. 15 Wawanosh, Sarnia. 

W. J. Southcombe, Z.; W. T. Crisp, P.Z. 
No. 16 Carleton, Ottawa. 

William J. Neville, Z.; F. A. McDiarmid, L. B. Gillespie, L. F. Crothers, 

P.Z's. 
No. 18 Oxford, Woodstock. 

Alexander Wishart, J. Hibner, W. J. Ratz, P.Z's. 
No. 19 Mount Moriah, St. Catharines. 

C. M. Porter, Z.; J. A. Simmers, James Dickie, P.Z's. 
No. 20 Mount Horeb, Brantford. 

H. L. Flood, Z.; C. J. Sharpe, P.Z. 
No. 22 Grenville, Prescott. 

J. A. Payton, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 23 Ezra, Simcoe. 

F. M. Reid, W. Bradfield, Wm. Johnston, P.Z's. 
No. 26 St. Mark's, Trenton. 

A. D. Mclntyre, N. M. Sprague, J. A. Pow, P.Z's. 
No. 27 Manitou, Collingwood. 

B. M. Conron, Z.; M. A. Jones, H.; R. H. Davidson, G. H. Finn, P.Z's. 
No 28 Pentalpha, Oshawa. 

J. F. Riley, Z.; D. Ross, H. O. Flintoff, N. W. Purdy, P.Z.'s. 
No. 29 McCallum, Dunnville. 

A. W. Dayman, Z.; O. M. Krick, C. I. Lundy, Jas. Reichel, Thomas 
Camelford, J. N. Allan, O. A. Sundy, W. M. Gray, F H. Howe, W. J. 
Griffith, E. C. McCullagh, James Loggie, A. L. Norton, John Sebben, 
P.Z's. 



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No. 31 Prince Edward, Picton. 

G. E. Mason, Z. 
No. 32 Waterloo, Gait. 

James Weepers, Z.; G. Johnson, H.; James McHoul, J.; F. C. Ackert, 

W. S. Boyle, H. R. Baer, P.Z.'s. 
No 35 Keystone, Whitby. 

H. F. Elms, Z.; R. J. Corner, R. A. Sennett. 
No. 36 Corinthian, Peterboro. 

N. H. Hewitt, H.; C. A. Sollitt, J. Dishart, J. E. Glrven, D. D. Brown, 

F. G. Mann, E. W Edmondson, R. S. Cotton, P.Z's. 
No. 37 Victoria, Port Hope. 

C. P. McElroy, Z.; E. A. Hircock, S. N. Haskill, H. Inch, D. C. Davey, 

P.Z's. 
No. 40 Guelph, Guelph. 

J. A. Robertson, P.Z. (Proxy) ; C. E. Morgan, R. M. Finlay, F. Radcliffe, 

W. J. VanNorman, P.Z's. 
No 41 Harris, Ingersoll 

Ben Sheldon, Z.; E. A. Webber, L. L. Mansfield, A. W. Huntley, P. V. L. 

Pedolin, P.Z's. 
No. 44 Mount Sinai, Napanee 

Wallace Hogeboom, Z.; A. E. Holmes, A. V. Roy, P.Z's. 
No. 45 Excelsior, Colborne 

A. Wolfraim, P.Z. 
No. 46 St. James, St. Mary's 

A. Dell, P.Z. 
No. 47 Wellington, Chatham 

L. H. Veale, P.Z. (Proxy); J. M. Reid, W. C. Lewies, P./.s. 
No. 48 St. John's, Cobourg. 

H. J. Cooey, Z.; F. L. Searancke, J.; H. O. Taylor, W. S. Cooper, J. M. 

Harrison, P.Z's 
No 53 Bruce, Petrolia. 

L. A. Mcllwraith, Z.; J. Hackett, A. S. McLean, H. D. Sherrin. D. \\ . 

Duncan, P.Z's. 
No. 54 Palestine, St. Thomas. 

E. J. Gellately, Z. 
No. 55 Niagara, Niagara-on-the-Lakc 

E. Chase, Z. 
No. 56 Georgian, Owen Sound 

R. V. Garbutt, C. J. Baxendale, P.Z's. 
No. 57 King Hiram, Port Colborne. 

C. G. Carter, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 59 Sussex-St. Lawrence, Broclwille. 

C. H. Orr, Z. 
No. 62 York, Toronto. 

W. Clark, Z.; D. B. Young, J.; W. J. Cook, E. Mealing, S. H. Tonkin, W. 

Grierson, J. P. Maher, S. Clark, F E. Grose, H. G. Gaskon, C. M. Platten, 

P.Z's. 
No. 63 Havelock, Kincardine. 

J. W. McFadyen, H. 
No. 64 Willson, Welland. 

Gordon Brown, Z.; G. W. Curtis, H.; N. L. Smith, }.; J. G. Frame, 

C. E. Griffin, L. R. Brennan, T. Baxter, N. J. Penwarden, P.Z's. 
No. 65 St. Paul's, Toronto 

R. P. Sibbald, Z.; A. E. Hanna, H.; M. G. Creswick, J.; H. G. Robb, 

M. S. Gooderham, C. B. Parker, T. W. Dawson, C. Kilner, E. Mont- 
gomery, A. R. Jackson, P.Z's. 



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No. 6G The Malloch, Seaforth. 

M. E. Clarke, Z.; J. Doig, H. 
No. 67 Enterprise, Palmerston. 

J. H. Wills, Z.; A. McGugan, H.; D. A. Cox, J. F. Edwards, T. Morris, 

W. Scrimgeour, H F. Wismer, J. Farquharson, P.Z's. 
No. 68 Maitland, Kemptville. 

L. G. Coleman, Z.; H. D. Hyndman, P.Z. 
No. 69 Grimsby, Grimsby. 

Albert Jarvis, P.Z. 
No. 71 Prince of Wales, Amherstburg. 

J. W. D. Wilson, Z.;R. C. Brushett, P.Z. 
No. 72 Keystone, Stirling. 

Ivan Caldwell, Z.; G. W. Bailey, J. S. Whitehead, P.Z's. 
No. 7 Erie, Ridgetown 

j. D. Tinline, Z.; H. Childs, P.Z. 
No. 7.") St. Clair, Milton. 

F. Haywood, Z.; W. J. Rowney, C. W. Clarke, Edwin Harrop, P.Z's. 
No. 76 Mount Nebo, Niagara Falls 

C. H. Sheppard, P.Z. (Proxy); G. E. French, F. W. Gregory, C. L. 

Leys, P.Z's 
No 77 Occident, Toronto. 

William Shearer, Z.; D. Falconer, FL; E. K. Hogaboom, J.; S. G. Newdick, 

R. Falconer, J. M. Burden, Chas. Clayton, S. E. Solley, H. P. Hopkinson, 

C. W. Emmett, J. T. Gilchrist, J. A. Prince, W. F. Damp, Harold Smith, 

W. G. Varty, James Woodland, J. E Jenkins, P.Z's. 
No. 79 Orient, Toronto 

A. Brown, Z.; A. H. Smith, J.; L. L. Querie, J. W. Wright, W. Scott, A. 
H. Jones, R. V. Edge, P.Z's. 

No. 80 Ark, Windsor. 

F. N. Heuchan, P.Z. (Proxy); W. E. Tregenza, P.Z. 
No. 81 Aylmer, Aylmer. 

Basil Learn, Z.; H. P. Grant, Gerald Marshall, P.Z's. 
No. 82 Shuniah, Port Arthur. 

T. Bonthron, Z. 
No. 83 Ionic, Orangeville. 

B. T. Parkinson, H.; G. M. Thompson, M. W. McLean, A. H. Wood- 
land, W. J. Price, W. M. Curry, A. W. Gillespie, A. L. Hartmier, P.Z's. 

No. 84 Lebanon, Wingham. 

R. A. Coutts, Z.; R. M. MacLennan, Thomas Burke, P.Z's. 
No. 90 Golden, Kenora. 

H. S. Cade, P.Z. (Proxy) ; C. E. Letman, P.Z. 
No. 91 Toronto- Antiquity, Toronto 

Charles Litherland, Z.; C. Howes, H.; J. Bailey, J.; A. F. Tannahill, 

S. Manuel, A. Brook, H. J. Nelson, D. Calder, R. Somerville, A. A. 

Kitchen, W. J. A. Lake, J. Silk, J. B. Wallace, S. Donnan, P.Z's. 
No. 94 Midland, Lindsay 

George McCombe, Z.; E. Salway, H.; R. Price, J.; S. W. Gould, A. Rettie, 

W. C. Blackwell, P.Z's. 
No. 95 Tuscan, Sudbury. 

W. McKee, Z.; G. D. Grieve, C. A. Eby, P.Z's. 
No. 102 Algonquin, Sault Ste. Marie. 

I. L. Robertson, Z.; E. G. Drew, P.Z. 
No. 103 St. John's, North Bay 

B. F. Nott, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. H. Stevenson, J. G. Maroosis, P.Z's. 
No. 104 White Oak, Oakville. 

O. lieigquist, H.; W. Edwards, P.Z. 
No. 110 Warkworth, Warkworth. 

J. H. Ewing, P.Z. 



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No. 113 Covenant, Cornwall 

Geo. W. Shaw, Z.; C. A. Markell, P.Z. 
No. 114 Bonnechere, Renfrew. 

H. W. Mayhew, P.Z. (Proxy) ; Geo. Gordon, P.Z. 
No. 115 Brant, Paris. 

J. L. Churchill, P.Z. (Proxy); W. W. Tough, P.Z. 
No. 116 Maple, Carleton Place 

R. C. Wilson, Z.; M. W. Rogers, J. W. Morphy, A. J. Illingworth, P.Z's 
No. 117 Kitchener, Kitchener 

W. J. Stoner, Z.; F. W. Hoodless, H.; I. Marshall, J.; A. C. Mason, 

G. H. Shannon, S. Halfyard, O. A. Keffer, W. G. Duench, W. J$. 

Schneller, W. R. Cooper, W. J. Leach, W. E. James, R.Z's. 
No. 119 King Cyrus, Leamington 

R. A. Willett, P.Z. (Proxy); A. S. H. Cree, P.Z. 
No. 129 Elliot, Mitchell 

N. Coveney, Z.; J. Sorensen, J.; W. F. Elliot, J. Edmunds, L. Edighoffer, 

K. Taylor, P.Z's. 
No. 130 Chantry , Southampton 

M. Elliot, Z.; O. Stevenson, P.Z. 
No. 131 Amabel, Wiarton 

C. A. Whicher, Z. 
No. 132 Leeds, Gananoque 

H. McCalpin, Z. 
No. 133 5/. Francis, Smiths Falls 

W. M. Veale, Z.; C. A. Bailey, P.Z. 
No. 135 Succoth, Uxbridge 

E. R. Fairman, Z.; M. Veitch, H. V. Watson, P.Z's. 
No. 138 Shekinah, Toronto 

E. Dobson, Z.; J. Benson, H.; H. O. Hughes, J.; C. E. Wells, H. Huggins, 

E. Pearson, E. Hughes, W. J. Harris, R Ackermhan, E. Snell, Arnold 
Cook, John Marr, W. Agnes, P.Z's. 

No. 140 Fort William, Fort William. 

F. Ryder, P.Z. (Proxy) 

No. 144 Presqu'Ile, Brighton. 

R. J. Virgin, Z.; W. H. Marsh, P.Z. 
No. 145 The St. Patrick, Toronto 

E. A. Colwell, Z.; R. L. Carr, H.; J. J. Shelley, W. E. Pomeroy, E. E. 

Reid, W. R. Ledger, J. R. Legecy, R. H. Dee, E. Hewett, M. A. Searle, 

R. S. Lewis, T. S. Westcott, W J. Tow, C. A. McDonald, P. W. Rogers, 

W. J. Johnson, J. Anderson, C. F Bolton, P.Z's. 
No. 146 Bernard, Listowel. 

N. S. VanCamp, Z.; L. Schure, J.; M. G. Beatty, W. H. Sargent, F. 

Hay, P.Z's. 
No. 147 Lucknow, Lucknow. 

J. Stewart, P.Z., (Proxy) 
No. 148 St. John's, Vankleek Hill 

William McCaskill, Z. 
No. 149 Atwood, Rainy River 

H. S. Cade, P.Z. (Proxy). 
No. 150 ) London, London. 

L. A. Steels, Z.; J. Bell, A. Bradshaw, T. Welch, A. E. Selwey, J. W. 

Carson, P.Z's. 
No. 151 Laurentian, Pembroke 

S. J. Hunt, Z.; S. D. Burns, H.; D. C. Burns, J.; G. B. Schultz, E. 

T. Wood, P.Z's. 
No. 153 Sombra, Wallaceburg. 

V. H. Richardson, Z.; J. Burnett, P.Z. 



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No. 155 Ancaster, Ancaster. 

E. H. Wood, J. McNiece, P.Z's. 
No. 161 Madoc, Madoc. 

T. Lloyd, Z.; W. E. Connor, E. T. Nayler, P.Z's. 
No. 163 The Beaches, Toronto 

T. Middleton, Z.; T. J. Mason, F. L. Meisner, L. A. Woolger, J. V. Scrira- 

ger, H. Perkins, A. J. Stringer, J. A. Parrott. 
No. 167 Kichikewana, Midland. 

J. A. Thomas, Z.; A. N. French, R. R. Wilson, C. P. Eagles, F. A. 

Gendron, J. A. Davidson, P.Z's. 
No. 168 Ionic, Campbellford. 

T. H. Burgis, Z.; W. J. Nobes, W. H. Brady, E. J. Wilmink, P.Z's. 
No. 169 Temiskaming, New Liskeard. 

John V. Dinesen, P.Z. 
No. 175 The Hamilton, Hamilton 

D. S. Stephens, Z.; F. W. Dean, L. F. Stephens, W. J. Shaw, A. P. L. 

Goering, D. L. Ewing, Chas. Ralph, P.Z's. 
No. 184 Hugh Murray, Fort Erie, N. 

W. Rostron, Z.; T. Jackson, P.Z. 
No. 195 Peel, Brampton. 

J. A. McCleave, Z.; R. V. Conover, R. W. Hall, W. G. McClure, H. 

Spratt, O. T. Walker, P.Z's. 
No. 198 Couchiching, Orillia. 

B. C. Lamble, Z.; D. C. Patmore, Wm. Russell, D. A. Taylor, J. H. Page 
P.Z's. 

No. 205 Victoria, Thornhill 

R. A. Marsh, Z.; L. C. Lindsay, H.; H. S. Sparks, C. C. Mabley, P.Z's. 
No. 212 Mount Sinai, Toronto. 

Harold Hands, Z.; D. Cohen, H.; H. A. Pike, J.,; Dr. S. Perlman, S. 

Abrams, M. B. Sigal, M. Cooper, J. Taube, H. E. Savlov, P.Z's. 
No. 213 Northern Lights, Timmins. 

J. M. Martin, Z.; F. Wills, P.Z. 
No. 215 Mimico, Mimico. 

T. B. Rogers, P.Z. (Proxy) 
No. 217 St. Alban's, Toronto 

J. Turnbull, Z.; E. A. Woodland, H.; J. E. Bedwell, J.; H. A. F. Schytte, 

H. E. Walker, C. R. Kincaid, J. L. House, J. A. Mackie, J. A. Burton, 

S. J. Morris, S. C. Russell, J. W. Ellis, G. W. McRae, P.Z's. 
No. 218 Prince Edward, Shelburne. 

W Tipping, Z.; H. Emrick, H.; W. Newell, J.; S. Patterson, I. Edwards, 

C. MGhee, P.Z's. 

No. 219 Ulster, Toronto. 

J. Symes, Z.; J. L. Darge, H.; G. Anthony, J.; L. Hewson, L. J. Colling, 

D. S. MacLachlan, H. C. Kestevan, G. Macdonell, R. E. Story, J. W. 
Sheard, R. A. Boddy, J. S. Bremner, P.Z's. 

No. 220 Lebanon, Lambton Mills 

A. A. Beckett, Z.; J. A. Evans, F. Leuty, W. H. Carr, J. G. Beckett, 

W. J. G. Kirkpatrick, J. H. Dicken, F. A. C. Butler, P.Z's. 
No. 221 Durham, Durham. 

F Abbott, Z.; P. Ramage, H. C. McKecknie, P.Z's. 
No. 222 Ottawa, Ottawa. 

D. G. Hewer, Z.; C. M. Pitts, E. J. McCleery, H. T. C. Humphries, A. 

H. McKee, P.Z's. 
No. 224 Keystone, Hamilton. 

Bert Lankester, Z.; Robt. Clark, F. Eastwood, J. S. Drysdale, P.Z's. 
No. 225 Beaver, Toronto 

F. H. Carter, Z.; C. L. Carter, H.; W. M. Pendleton, J.; J. S. Pickard, 



24 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Wilson, C. E. Woodstock, W. Pendleton, W. J. Brackner, A. T. Thorpe, 
J. Alcorn, J. C. Day, P.Z's 
No 226 Prince of Wales, Perth 

F. C. Wright, H. 

No. 227 Quinte Friendship, Belleville. 

O. H. Gough, Z.; M. R. Anderson, B. H. Smith, P.Z's. 
No. 230 Pprt Credit, Port Credit 

R. H. Jamieson, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. A. Edwards, W. H. McEachern, W. A. 

Maxwell, E. S. McNiece, S. B. Brayley, P.Z's. 
No. 231 The St. Clair, Toronto 

James A. Code, Z.; D. Moncrief, H.; R. S. Ritchie, J.; A. E. Johnson, 

W. K. Herd, M. K. MacDonald, Rev. D. M. Kerr, H. Eversfield, L. A. 

Stiver, S. Herd, G. Moir, J. W. Woodland, W G. Davey, H. L. Martyn, 

E. Sager, M. L. Martyn, D. C. Young, £. C. Shunk, P.Z's. 
No. 232 King Cyrus, Toronto 

H. McAllister, Z.; J. Banks, J.; E. W. Hazard, R. Fick, J. A. M. Taylor, 

K. N. Carrie, C. R. Harris, W. J. Black, E. H. Stanners, J. A. March- 

ment, P.Z's. 
No. 233 Oakwood, Toronto 

W. J. Hannah, Z.; S. H. Carlisle, H.; E. E. Hayward, J. Burns, W. 

E. Gardner, F. E. Johnson, A. McHannah, O. J. Forman, P.Z's. 
No. 234 Halton, Georgetown 

Jack Lucas, Z.; G. C. Brown, E. L. Arnold, E. R. Dron, P.Z's. 
No. 235 Aurora, Aurora. 

G. A. C. Gunton, Z.; F. D. Lacey, A. C. Welk, R. H. B. Cook, P.Z's 
No 236 Caledonia, Caledonia 

C. C. Duns, H.; E. Burke, F. Brown, P.Z's. 
No. 238 The St. Andreiu, London. 

C. Baker, Z.; R. McMurdo, F. A. Marsh, B. S. Scott, P.Z's. 
No. 239 Blenheim, Blenheim. 

L. B. Boyle, P.Z. 
No. 240 Smithville , Smithville 

George aWines, Z.; S, Magder, F. Hays, P.Z's. 
No. 241 , University, Toronto 

H. S. Biggs, Z.; H. A. Parkes, J.; A. Pickles, W. S. M. Enouy, R. H. 

Pomeroy, F. A. R. MacFadden, E. Pickles, J. E. Tilson, P.Z's. 
No. 242 St. Paul's, Lambeth. 

J. B. Lawrence, H.; F. C. Sheppard, P.Z. 
No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek 

E. T. Spera, P.Z. (Proxy) ; J. H. Lee, W. M. Spera, P.Z's. 
No. 245 Preston, Preston. 

F H. Walkey, Z.; A. Klaassen, C. Schmeidendorf, F. Illingworth, P.Z's. 
No. 246 Humber, Weston 

H. J. Rees, Z.; M. Palmer, H. R. Taylor, J.; A. F. Nisbet, D. M. 

Thomson, D. J. McLean, R. E. Dean, S. J. Totten, R. B. Dargavel, E. 

Lunnon, O. H. Sloan, P.Z's. 
No 247 Nilestown, Nilestown 

L. J. Gent, Z.; G. H. Martin, A. Snelgrove, P.Z. 
No. 249 Palestine, Bowmanville 

N. A. Wilkins, Z.; R. E. Logan, A. W. G. Northcutt, L. T. McLaughlin, 

H. G. Freeman P.7,*s. 
No 250 Thomas Peters, Windsor 

A. W. MacMii %i v rl. \<acQuarrie, H.; F. J. Armstrong, P.Z's. 

No. 251 Kirkland, Kirkland Lake 

R. McLenaghan. /.., ; . i.. Kmdu, H.; E. Harris, J.; A. G. Tipper, R. A. 

Bilbrough, P.Z's 
No. 252 Hiawatha, Sarnia 

G. Phillips, Z.; J. H. Coleman, R. A. Bond, P.Z's. 



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No. 253 Regal, Port Dover 

Oscar Sutor, Z. 
No. 254 Golden Star, Dry den. 

H. S. Cade, P.Z. (Proxy) ; C. Fotheringham, P.Z. 
No. 255 Tillsonburg, Tillsonburg. 

R. D. MacDonald, Z.; W. L. Young, H.; G. D. Covle, J.; Gerald Marshall, 

P.Z. 
No. 256 Yukon Chapter, White horse, Y.T. 

J. A. If. Taylor, (Proxy) P.Z. 

The following 19 Chapters were not represented: — 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford. 
Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich. 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie. 
Pembroke Chapter, No. 58, Mattawa. 
Granite, Chapter, 61, Almonte. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy. 
Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill. 
MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg. 
King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington. 
Glengarry Chaper, No. 143, Maxville. 
Alberton Chaper, No. 152, Fort Frances. 
Klondike Chapter, No. 154, Dawson City, Y.T. 
Lome Chaper, No. 164, West Lome, Ont. 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt. 
Kitchener Chapter, No. 210. Russell. 
Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Imvood. 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls. 
Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior. 
136 Chapters were represented 
19 Chapters were not represented. 

155 

There were 614 Registered Delegates, having a total vote of 

845. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

James W. Woodland, Chairman. 
Edward H. Stanners, Vice-Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 

by R. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Credentials be received 
and adopted. 

GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

The Most Excellent, the Grand Z. directed the Grand Scribe E. 
to call the roll of Representatives of Sister Grand Jurisdictions, 
when they assembled before the Altar. The following Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered their names: 



26 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney, Toronto Alabama 

M. " " Reg. V. Conover, Brampton Alberta 

V. " " Percy Rogers, Toronto Arizona 

R. " " John L. House, Toronto British Columbia 

R. " " W. H. Carl McEachern, Toronto California 

R. " " Harvey J. Milne, Kingston Connecticut 

R. " " George W. Slack, Toronto Delaware 

R. " " Fred J. Johnson, Toronto Dist. of Columbia 

R. " " Kenneth N. Carrie, Toronto Florida 

R. " " Fergus A. McDiarmid, Ottawa Idaho 

R. " " Joseph J. Shelly, Toronto Illinois 

R. " " Ben F. Nott, North Bay Iowa 

R. " " A. P. Goering, Hamilton Kansas 

R. " " Rev. A. S. H. Cree, Leamington Kentucky 

R. " " W. Bailie Stothers, London Louisiana 

R. " " A. J. Stringer, Toronto Massachusetts 

M. " " Fred W. Dean, Hamilton Michigan 

R. " " Wm. J. Tow, Toronto Missouri 

R. " " E. J. McCleery, Ottawa Montana 

R. " " Wm. S. M. Enouy, Toronto Nebraska 

R. " " N. M. Sprague, Trenton New Hampshire 

R.' " " Archie Mclntyre, Toronto New Jersey 

M. " " R. B. Dargavel, Toronto New South Wales 

M. " " J. M. Burden, Toronto New York 

R. " " J. A. Evans, Toronto New Zealand 

R. " " A. G. Tipper, Kirkland Lake North Carolina 

R. " " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby North Dakota 

M. " " C. M. Pitts, Ottawa Nova Scotia 

R. " " A. G. N. Bradshaw, London Ohio 

R. " " W. E. Tregenza, Windsor Oregon 

M. " " Llew F. Stephens, Hamilton Pennsylvania 

R. " " J. A. M. Taylor, Hornby Quebec 

R. " " Alex. Sollitt, Peterborough Saskatchewan 

V. " " Alex. McD. Hannah, Toronto Scotland 

R. " " D. C. Patmore, Orillia South Dakota 

R. " " Chas. Fotheringham, Perth Tennessee 

R. " " Chas. Sheppard, Niagara Falls Vermont 

V. " " Sid. J. Newdick, Toronto Victoria 

R. " " M. A. Searle, Toronto Washington 

V. " " W. J. Shaw, Hamilton West Australia 

R. " " J. W. Woodland, Toronto Wisconsin 

R. " " Robert Clark, Hamilton Wyoming 

Most Ex. Comp. Pitts extended a warm welcome to the repre- 
sentatives and asked them to keep in contact with their respective 
Grand Chapters and to try and strengthen the fraternal bonds of 
union with our sister jurisdictions. Grand Honors were then given to 
the 42 representatives, presentation was made of commissions to 
R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, as Grand Representative near the 
Province of Quebec by M. Ex. Comp. Archie E. Dyson the Grand Z. 
of Quebec, M. Ex. Comp. Pitts presented M. Ex. Comp. W. F. 
Clark with his commission as our Grand Representative near the 
State of Massachusetts. 



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GRAND Z'S ADDRESS 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

My Companions: 

As the two-year term as your Grand First Principal closes, my 
first impulse is to render thanks to the Great Jehovah for the bless- 
ing and health vouchsafed throughout these years; that no appoint- 
ment or obligation incurred has been neglected; that the Order 
continues to flourish and increase; that peace, harmony and cor- 
dial Companionship exists within our own Jurisdiction and 
throughout the whole Royal Craft, and the Fraternity generally. 

We meet once more in the metropolitan city of Toronto, by 
my direction after failing to secure proper hotel accommodation 
in London, Ontario, on the constitutional dates laid down for 
holding our Annual Convocation. With the breakdown of negotia- 
tions, approach was made to the King Edward Hotel, Toronto, 
where every facility was made available, for this and four more 
years if Grand Chapter approves. It became necessary to appoint 
a special Committee of Grand Chapter to supervise all the emerg- 
ency arrangements, under the Chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Companion 
John House, and assisted by the Principals' Association of the 
Toronto Districts. So I am now happy to report that everything 
is in most satisfactory condition and everything possible has been 
done to insure the comfort and convenience of our distinguished 
guests and their ladies as well as our own membership. So once 
more we extend our grateful thanks to The Queen City, renowned 
for its fraternal hospitality and to all those who have associated 
to make this Convocation successful. At the same time we offer 
our sincere regrets to the Companions of London and District that 
for reasons beyond our control we were unable to take advantage 
of their offered and gracious invitation. With the experience of 
how easily difficulties may arise in an emergency, I recommend 
that a standing Committee of Grand Chapter on Annual Convoca- 



28 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

tion Arrangements be set up to be responsible for all such details 
referred to them by the Grand Council. 

One of the great pleasures of our Convocation is the presence 
of so many distinguished Companions from our Sister Jurisdic- 
tions and from the other branches of the Masonic Family. We are 
especially honoured that our Grand Master, Most Wor. Bro. and 
Ex. Comp. James P. Maher accompanied by our highly esteemed 
and energetic Grand Secretary Rt. Wor. Bro. and Companion 
Ewart G. Dixon have graced this occasion. One of the outstanding 
evenings in my term of office was on November 10th, in the Eglin- 
ton Temple in Toronto in York Chapter No. 62, where our Grand 
Master was installed and invested in the chairs of his Mother 
Chapter and assumed the rank of Past Zerubbabel, thereby con- 
firming the action taken by our Grand Executive at our last 
Annual Convocation. It was a delight to be assisted in the cere- 
mony by Most Ex. Comp. Col. R. V. Conover as Acting G. J., Rt. 
Ex. Comp. Frank A. Copus, Past Grand Master as G. H., and 
Most Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, Past Grand Master to place our 
Grand Master in the First Principal's Chair. 

To the rulers of Capitular Masonry, present and past, who 
have come to us today from Sister Jurisdictions near and far, and 
all our kin in the fellowship of the Holy Royal Arch, we extend 
a most warm and cordial welcome and wish them every happiness 
and satisfaction during their stay with us, and lasting and pleasant 
memories of our Companionship together. 

To those who come as representatives of the other branches 
of this great tradition of Freemasonry, we greet them with the 
most sincere fraternal affection and earnestly trust that each may 
convey to the Body they represent our very best wishes for their 
continued success and prosperity. 

Necrology 

This has been a year when the call to the Grand Chapter 
Above has been heard by an exceedingly great number of our 
Companions, the highest in very many years, totalling 455, and a 
total of 896 in my term of office. Our Committee on Fraternal 
t)ead will record fully the passing of these of our number who will 
join us no longer. 

Our hearts were saddened with the sudden word that Most Ex. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 29 

Comp. George Lawrence Gardiner, Grand Z. in 1935-6, our senior 
P.G.Z., our Grand Historian and Reviewer, our friend and coun- 
sellor, had died at his home in Toronto on December 5th, 1950. 
His world-wide knowledge of Masonry and Masons, and his ex- 
tensive correspondence in connection with "Fraternal Correspond- 
ence" and our Capitular Reviews, had created for him a splendid 
reputation. Those who only knew his writings were grieved at his 
death, but*, we who treasured his intimate friendship, feel an irre- 
parable loss. To his wife and family, we extend our sincerest 
sympathy. 

A message of sympathy was forwarded Rt. Ex. Comp. Sydney 
White, Grand Scribe E. of the Grand Chapter of England, in the 
passing of Most Ex. Comp. His Grace The Duke of Devonshire, 
K.G., First Grand Principal; also to the Grand Chapter R.A.M. 
of British Columbia in the loss on November 15th, 1950, of our 
great friend M. Ex. Comp. John MacLeod, who had endeared 
himself to us by his great faith in Capitular Masonry and its 
mission; and in the passing of M. Ex. Comp. J. J. Miller, the 
Grand Historian and Reviewer for British Columbia. 

On April 7th, 1951, I attended the Masonic funeral in Mont- 
real of M. Ex. Comp. Walter W. Williamson, P.G.M. and P.G.Z. 
of Quebec, the Grand Secretary and Grand Scribe E. of both Craft 
and Royal Craft, one who had held the highest offices and enjoyed 
the highest distinction in every branch of Masonry, whom Grand 
Jurisdictions on both sides of the Border and Overseas delighted 
to honour, who died in hospital on April 4th after a short illness. 

These, and many others whose names appear elsewhere in 
these Proceedings, we revere, recording our affectionate esteem, in 
the sure confidence that the Great Architect of the Universe, who 
gave to these His Children so many gifts and graces during their 
earthly pilgrimage, now has them forever in His Holy Keeping. 

Visitations 

It is impossible to record in detail all the happy occasions 
that it has been my pleasure to attend in the course of the per- 
formance of my Masonic duties, nor to note the names of all the 
friends and companions whose hospitality and generous considera- 
tion at all times and in all places contributed to making my visits 
a lasting memory of joy. To the many hosts who spared no efforts 
to make everything comfortable and convenient, for cordial recep- 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



tions, the gifts of Companionship and tributes of fraternal affec- 
tion, (and often remembrances to take home to Mrs. Pitts as an 
evidence of my faithful attendance to official duties), for the evi- 
dences that my efforts to bring a message of true spiritual content 
of our mysteries and ceremonies were appreciated, and to all of 
my Brethren and Companions who have attended these functions 
and contributed to their success, I offer my grateful thanks. 

The following is the list of my activities since our last Annual 
Convocation: 



Date 
1950 



Chapter, Lodge, 
or Event 



No. 



Location 



Occasion 



APRIL 

29-Ottawa Preceptory 



32 Ottawa 



Field Day 



MAY- 

8— Maitland Chapter 



12— Saskatchewan York Rite 

Bodies 
13— General Grand Chapter 

R.A.M. 
15-16-Grand Chapter R.A.M. 

of Saskatchewan 
19— Ottawa District Meeting 

29— Annual Meeting 
31— Ottawa Preceptory 



JUNE- 



13-Grand Chapter R.A.M. of 

Vermont 
23-Oxford Chapter 



68 Kemptville Dedication Ch. Room and Present- 

ation of 50 Year Jewel Comp 
Bobier 
Regina Banquet 

Regina Sectional Meeting and Banquet 

Regina Annual Convocation 

Ottawa Reception for Grand Master M.W. 

Bro. J. P. Maher. 
Ottawa P. M. Association 

Ottawa Installation of Officers 



32 



Burlington VT. Annual Convocation 

18 Woodstock R.A. Degree and presentation of 

50-year Jewel and 25 P.M. Jewel 
E. C. Thornton. 



JULY- 

7-8— Committee of Benevolence 
17-20-Grand Lodge A.F.&A.M. 
of Canada in Ontario 



Toronto 
Toronto 



Grand Lodge 

Annual Communication 



AUGUST- 

18— Grand Imperial Conclave 
of Canada 

Red Cross of Constantine 
20-21 -Sov. Great Priory K.T. 
21-22-4th Annual Conference 
Canadian Grand Chapters 
31 -Ottawa Chapter 



Toronto 



Sudbury 
Sudbury 

222 Ottawa 



Annual Conclave and Banquet 



Annual Meeting 

Banquet and deliberations (Chair- 
man) 
Committee 



SEPT.- 

5— Dalhousie Lodge 
14— Grand Council & Grand 
Chapter Advisory Com- 
mittee 
15-17-General Grand Chapter 
RAM. 
20-Carleton Chapter 

21— Massena Chapter 



52 Ottawa 
Toronto 



Regular Meeting 
Conference 



Columbus, OhioSectional Conference and Banquet 
(speaker) 
16 Ottawa Presentation, First Distinguished 

Service Medal, Comp. J. W. Taylor 
Massena, N.Y. International Night 



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31 



Date 

1950 



Chapter, Lodge, 
or Event 



No. 



Location 



Occasion 



OCT. 



1-5— Supreme Council A. & 
A S.R. 
7-Royal Order of Scotland 

Grand Chapter Office 
10-Tillsonburg Chapter 

11— St. Paul's Chapter 



16— Ottawa Lodge of Per- 
fection S.R. 
19-21-Grand Chapter R.A.M. 
of Michigan 

24— Chaudiere Lodge 

26— Sombra Chapter 

27— Presentation of 50 year 
Jewel 

27-The Hiram Chapter 

28-London District No. 2 



29- 



30-St. Andrew and St. John 

Chapter 
31— Manitou Chapter 



NOV, 



1— Willson Chapter 



3— Pembroke Lodge 
7— Dalhousie Lodge 
8— Prince Edward Chapter 



9— Moore Sovereign 

Consistory 
9— Caledonia Chapter 
10— York Chapter 



17-The St. Patrick Chapter 
20-Royal Albert Chapter 



21— Canadian Masonic 

Research Assoc. 
24— St. Francis Chapter 



27-Huron District No. 6 
29-30-Kirkland Chapter 



Ottawa 

Ancaster 

Toronto 
255 Tillsonburg 

65 Toronto 

Ottawa 

Detroit 

264 Ottawa 
153 Wallaceburg 
Windsor 

2 Hamilton 

2 London 



4 Toronto 
27 Collingwood 



64 Welland 



123 Pembroke 
52 Ottawa 
218 Shelburne 



DEC. 



1-P.M's. of 1940-41, 
Ottawa District 



Hamilton 



236 Caledonia 
62 Toronto 



145 Toronto 
Montreal 

Toronto 
133 Smith Falls 



Wroxeter 
251 Kirkland Lake 



Ottawa 



Annual Session 

Reception and Banquet for Earl 

and Countess of Elgin 

Conference 

Banquet and dedication of Chapter 

Room. 

75th Anniversary. Investiture of 

Gr. D. of C, V.Ex. Comp. M.S. 

Gooderham. 

Presentation of T.P.G.M. Jewel 

Annual Convocation with M. Ex. 

Comp. Dean and Grand Scribe E. 

D.D.G.M. Visit 

Dinner for G.Z. with G.S.E. 

Comp. A. McGie at Windsor for 

Moira No. 7, Belleville. 

Hamilton District No. 5, Official 

Reception to Grand Z. 

R.A.M. Birthday Party. Reception 

of G.Z. and Presentation of 50 year 

Jewel to Comp. Dr. Edwin Seaborn. 

Presented 50 year Jewel to Comp. 

C. E. Bernard at his home in 

London. 

150th Anniversary. 

Georgian District No. 9, Reception 
and Dinner for G.Z. Presentation of 
two 50-year Jewels Comp. F. J. 
Davis and Comp. Jos. K. McLaugh- 
lin. 



75th Anniversary 

Niagara District No. 7. Reception 

for G.Z. 

Reception as P. D.D.G.M. and G.Z. 

Regular Meeting 

Dedication Chapter 

Room and Reception of Wellington 

Dist. No. 4 to G.Z. Presented 2nd 

Distinguished Service Medal to 

Comp. Robert Cooper. 

Fall Reunion 

Dedication of Chapter Room 
Conferring P.Z. rank on M. W. 
Bro. J. P. Maher, G.M., assisted by 
P.G.M's. 

Grand Chapter Night R.A.M. De- 
gree. 

Presentation 50 year Medal, Comp. 
Ed. Inwood Mount Moriah Chapter 
No. 19. 

Presentation of papers and election 
of officers. 

Ottawa District No. 13 Meeting, 
Banquet and Reception for G.Z. 
Presentation of 50-year Jewel to 
Comp. A. H. Kyle of Maitland 
Chapter No. 68. 

Banquet and Reception for G.Z. 
Temiskaming District No. 16, 
Banquet and Reception for G.Z. 



Dinner for P. D.D.G.M. and G.Z. 



32 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Date 

1950 



Chapter, Lodge, 
or Event 



No. 



Location 



Occasion 



DEC.- 

5— Dalhousie Lodge 
7-Holy Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of Pennsylvania 
11-13-Grand Chapter R.A.M 
of Massachusetts 
14-Grand Chapter Office 
27-Ottawa Preceptory K.T. 



52 Ottawa 

Philadelphia 



Boston 



Toronto 
32 Ottawa 



D.D.G.M. Official Visit 
Annual Convocation 



Annual Convocation 



Conference 
Christmas Service 



1951 



JAN.- 



2— Dalhousie Lodge 
4— Grand Chapter Office 
18— Doric Lodge 
25-Ottawa Chapter 
27-Grand Chapter Office 
31— Principals' Association 



FEB.- 



7— Grand Council and 

Advisory Committee 
7-Toronto District 8 & 8A 
12— Ottawa Lodge of Per- 
fection A.&A.S.R. 
24-Carleton Chapter 

and 
Ottawa Chapter 



MARCH- 

6— Dalhousie Lodge 
9-Grand Chapter Office 
12- 14- Valley of Ottawa 
A. & A.S.R. 
16— Ancient Frontenac & 

Cataraqui Chapter 
22— Murray Chapter of Rose 

Croix 
23— Corinthian Chapter 
No. 36 



25— Murray Chapter of 

Rose Croix 
28-Grand Chapter R.A.M. 

of Quebec 
29— Murray Chapter of 

Rose Croix 
30-Prince of Wales Chapter 



APRIL- 

3— Dalhousie Lodge 

4 Ottawa Temple Co., 

Ltd. 
5— St. Andrew's Lodge 
9— The Moira Chapter 
Quinte Friendship 
Chapter 
10-Grand Chapter Office 
16-Brant Chapter 

17— Grand Council and 
Advisory Committee 



52 Ottawa 

Toronto 
58 Ottawa 
222 Ottawa 
Toronto 
Toronto 



Toronto 



Toronto 
Ottawa 



16 Ottawa 
222 Ottawa 



52 Ottawa 
Toronto 
Ottawa 



Kingston 

Ottawa 

Peterborough 



Ottawa 
Montreal 
Ottawa 
1 Amherstburg 



52 Ottawa 
Ottawa 

560 Ottawa 

7 Belleville 
227 Belleville 

Toronto 
115 Paris 



Toronto 



Regular Meeting 

Conference 

D.D.G.M. Official Visit 

Installation of Officers 

Conference 

Annual Dinner 



Conference 

Reception to G.Z. 
Installation of Officers 

Meeting of membership 
Committee of Grand Chapter 

Reception and Banquet for G.Z. and 
H.R.A. Degree Gr. J. & G.S.E. 
present. 



P.M's. Night 

Conference 

Reunion 

Reception to G.Z. in St. Lawrence 
District No. 12 
Mystic Banquet 

Reception and Banquet for G.Z. by 

Ontario District No. 10. 

Presentation of 3rd Distinguished 

Service Medal to Comp. Robt. Stan 

and 50-year Jewel to Comp. Jas. 

Hamilton. 

Easter Ceremonies 

Annual Convocation 

Installation of Officers 

75th Anniversary Dinner and Dist- 
rict No. 1 Meeting. 



Old Timers' Night 
Annual Meeting 

Inter-Lodge visitation Night 
Dedication of Ch. Room and Ban- 
quet for Prince Edward District 
No. 11. 
Conference 

Dedications of Chapter Room, Wil- 
son District No. 3 Banquet for G.Z. 
Conference 



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Date Chapter, Lodge, 

1950 or Event No. Location Occasion 

APRIL— 

21— Royal Order of Scotland Hamilton Dinner 

23— Grand Chapter Office Toronto Conference 

24-26-Grand Chapter R.A.M. Toronto 93rd Annual Convocation 
of Canada 



A glance at this itinerary will indicate the distances which 
have to be travelled from Ottawa to reach the major portions of 
the Jurisdiction, and I wish here to pay a tribute to our Grand 
Scribe E. who made his car available and did most of the driving 
required out of Toronto to the various appointments, very greatly 
easing the strain and providing excellent companionship. 

During the year there were seven dedications of Chapter 
Rooms at which the G. Z. officiated at six, Maitland Chapter No. 
68 Kemptville; Tillsonburg Chapter No. 255, Tillsonburg; Prince 
Edward Chapter No. 218, Shelburne; Caledonia Chapter No. 236, 
Caledonia; Moira Chapter No. 7 and Quinte Friendship Chapter 
No. 227, in the new Temple at Belleville; and Brant Chapter No. 
115, Paris, on all of which occasions the Grand Scribe E. was 
present and directed the ceremonies. The seventh dedication was 
that of the Chapter Room of Yukon Chapter No. 256, Whitehorse, 
Yukon Territories. This, together with the formal presentation of 
their Charter and the installation of officers was performed by 
the Grand J., Rt. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor and the Grand 
Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson on a special commission 
issued by me as Grand Z. They also visited Klondike Chapter No. 
154 and installed their officers. The trip of 6,000 miles was made 
by air leaving Mai ton at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 16th, and 
arriving in Whitehorse at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday where they were 
met by the First Principal of Yukon Chapter, Ex. Comp. A. Burn- 
side, and later by Ex. Comp. R. J. Meek, 2nd Principal. The 
Companions assembled about 2:30 p.m. The officers who had been 
acting under dispensation were duly installed, the warrant pre- 
sented, and the election of the 1951 Officers held in regular course, 
which was followed by adjournment to dress for the meeting at 
7:30 p.m., at which the officers were regularly installed, after which 
the Chapter Room was dedicated in what is reported to be a most 
impressive manner with full musical ritual. The work and secrets 
of the H.R.A. were exemplified, and the certificates of membership 



34 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

presented to the Members. A presentation of a "Ram's Horn" to 
be used in Dedication Ceremonies was presented to Grand Chapter 
through our representatives by Ex. Comp. Meek and Comp. J. J. 
Elliott during the banquet hour which broke up at 2:30 a.m. The 
representatives left Whitehorse at 7:30 a.m. by plane to Dawson 
City where they were met by Rt. Ex. Comp. C. H. Chapman, our 
Grand Superintendent and Comp. Williamson with a taxi for the 
drive into town, a distance of 14 miles, where they were enter- 
tained at the famous Hotel Pearl Harbour. The Masonic Temple 
is a fine building, the former Carnegie Library. The Convocation 
opened at 7:30 p.m. with a most cordial reception to the Grand 
Chapter representatives, then followed the election of Officers and 
their installation, and an instruction period in the work of the 
three degrees. The banquet following lasted 'till 1:30 a.m., and 
the temperature outside was 50 degrees below and when they took 
the taxi to the plane 1:00 p.m. it was 64 degrees below at the Air- 
port. Back in Whitehorse at 3:20 p.m. they were again received 
by the Companions of Yukon Chapter and exemplified the M.E.M. 
degree, catching the plane for Edmonton at 11:30 p.m. and were 
back in Malton at 6:00 a.m. Sunday morning. The report indi- 
cates a splendid enthusiasm for Capitular Masonry and devotion 
to our Grand Chapter. The new Officers are interested and capable 
and all signs pointed to sustained progress. I am exceedingly in- 
debted to Rt. Ex. Companions Taylor and Johnson for accepting 
my commission for this visitation, which previous engagements 
made it impossible for me to take personally and the work re- 
quired a minimum of two with full power of dispensation to per- 
form the duties involved. I am satisfied that the expense and 
effort was exceedingly worthwhile and that our obligation to our 
Companions in the Yukon Territory, District No. 17, have been 
fully and efficiently discharged to the satisfaction of all concerned 
and to the benefit of Capitular Masonry for many years to come. 
From here forward the Companions will be able to perform the 
required Ceremonies in both Chapters without outside help. I 
wish to gratefully acknowledge the assistance offered by the mem- 
bers of our Sister Jurisdiction in the West to journey North to 
carry out these duties for us in our stead, but I considered it our 
own peculiar privilege and duty. The expenses were covered 
through my travelling allowance. 

With the exception of the Yukon, I have now visited in all 
our Districts during my term and wish to express my great appreci- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 35 

ation of the splendid response on the part of the Companions and 
the co-operation and assistance of the Grand Superintendents in 
making these gatherings possible and extending so many courtesies 
to the Grand Chapter Officers who accompanied me. As a rule 
the Craft Masons were invited to the banquet and the opportunity 
was given me to present the claims of Capitular Masonry to their 
interest and support, with some pertinent explanation of its place 
and function in our Masonic system. 

The Annual Convocations of our Sister Jurisdictions who 
were kind in inviting our attendance, and at which I was present, 
were Saskatchewan at Regina, Vermont at Burlington, Michigan 
at Detroit, Pennsylvania at Philadelphia, Massachusetts at Boston 
and Quebec in Montreal. I was accompanied by the G.S.E. to 
Regina and Detroit where M. Ex. Comp. Dean was also present. 
To my great regret it was impossible for me to accept the invita- 
tions of the Grand Chapters of Alberta, British Columbia, New 
Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ohio (where we were represented by the 
Grand H, and G.S.E.), Texas 100th Anniversary, Rhode Island 
and Providence Plantations, California; Manitoba, where our G.H. 
attended, and New York where M. Ex. Comps. Burden and Con- 
over represented our Grand Chapter. 

The warmth and friendship of the hospitality extended on 
all these occasions to all of our representatives who attended, and 
to myself will ever be a most delightful remembrance for which 
we offer our most sincere thanks. 

In addition to the above invitations, I had to send regrets to 
Rameses Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Toronto for their reception to 
the Imperial Potentate, Mr. Harold Lloyd; to the Companions of 
Warsaw, N.Y., for the annual picnic with Toronto Districts and 
also the return meeting in Toronto on September 30th. It just is 
not possible to find dates for all offered engagements and my regret 
is most sincere. 

At the special invitation of M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbury, 
Grand High Priest of the General Grand Chapter, R.A.M., I 
attended the Sectional Meeting of the General Grand Chapter in 
Regina and spoke at the Closing Banquet in the absence of M. Ex. 
Comp. W. D. Laurence of Winnipeg who was stranded in the flood. 
Later at the last of these Sectional Meetings held in Columbus, Ohio, 
I was again invited to be present and be the Banquet Speaker, which 



36 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

was a very great honour for our Grand Chapter, as we do not 
belong to the General Grand Chapter which is the largest Masonic 
organization functioning under one head. M. Ex. Comp. Dusen- 
bury is to be congratulated on the very fine type of leadership he 
has given during his three-year term as G.H.P. and the great con- 
tribution he has made to the better appreciation of the real values 
of the Royal Craft. It constitutes a great challenge to our Grand 
Chapter, whose most effective sphere of influence does not directly 
lie within the bounds of this larger group in Capitular Masonry, 
to be equally energetic and co-operative in the advancement of 
those high purposes for which we as Royal Arch Masons stand. I 
owe my Companions of the General Grand Chapter my most sin- 
cere thanks for the wonderful fellowship and hospitality they have 
always accorded the G.Z. of the Grand Chapter of Canada, includ- 
ing that super-enthusiast for the York Rite, M. Ex. Comp. Carl 
Moore, G.H.P. of California with whom we had such an interest- 
ing association in Regina. 

It has been my privilege to attend officially the Annual Assem- 
bly of the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, Knights Templar in 
Sudbury, the Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada, Red Cross of 
Constantine in Toronto, the Annual Session of the Supreme Coun- 
cil A. & A. S. R. in Ottawa, the Canadian Masonic Research Associ- 
ation in Toronto, and our Grand Lodge A.F. & A.M. of Canada 
in the Province of Ontario in Toronto. In every instance every 
courtesy was extended, and most gratefully accepted. It is with 
earnest regret that I was unable to attend the Annual Assembly 
of the Council of Royal and Select Masters, but Rt. Ex. Comp. 
A. G. N. Bradshaw our Grand H was our official representative. 

The Fourth Annual Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 
R.A.M., was held in Sudbury on August 22nd, 1950, following 
the close of Sovereign Great Priory of Canada. For the sake of 
conciseness, I include my report as your official representative and 
as President of the Conference, as follows: 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 37 

REPORT ON THE FOURTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF 
GRAND CHAPTERS OF ROYAL ARCH MASONS IN CAN- 
ADA, HELD IN THE NICKEL RANGE HOTEL, SUDBURY, 
ONTARIO, TUESDAY, AUGUST 22ND, 1950. 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, The Grand 
Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 

Owing to the railroad strike and the fact that the Sovereign 
Great Priory of Canada had concluded their deliberations the pre- 
vious day, the Conference met at 11:00 o'clock on Tuesday, and 
was able to conclude its deliberations in time for the closing ban- 
quet that evening. There were twenty-seven registered in attend- 
ance, and every Grand Chapter in the Dominion was represented 
with the exception of New Brunswick. Their representative, Most 
Excellent Companion Roy Crawford, their Grand Scribe E, was 
stalled in Montreal on Monday evening, and unable to get a 
train to Sudbury, so that he had to return home without putting 
in an appearance, much to his and the Conference's regret. The 
agenda included the address of welcome by Most Ex. Comp. C. M. 
Pitts, Grand Z. of the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Canada and 
President of the Conference. This was followed by the financial 
statement of the Third Conference held in Winnipeg the previous 
year, as presented by Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris, of Nova Scotia; 
then the appointment of the Committee on Resolutions and Nomi- 
nations for this Conference; a further report and information on 
fraternal relations by Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris; the report 
of the Committee on Education for Master Masons looking to- 
wards their exaltations to the Supreme Degree of the Holy Royal 
Arch by Most Ex. Comp. Dr. Ben S. Bailey of Manitoba; a further 
report on Uniform Regalia presented by Most Ex. Comp. R. V. 
Harris; the formation of an All Canada Lodge of Research report, 
by Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts; the Lure of Capitular Masonry, 
by Most Ex. Comp. P. S. Cochrane of Nova Scotia; the report of 
the Research Committee by Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts; report 
of Fraternal Relations by Most Ex. Comp. W. W. Williamson of 
Quebec; general discussion and selection of place of meeting for 
1951; a covering item on the good of the Order and the report of 
the Committee on Resolutions and Nominations, followed by the 
concluding banquet. A verbatim report of all that occurred at 
this conference was made, mimeographed, and distributed to all 



38 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

the present and past Grand First Principals of the Grand Chapters 
in Canada, as well as the Grand Second and Third Principals. 
Following the presentation of the papers and reports, a very full 
discussion took place, and where the subject matter required re- 
view and reports, these matters were referred to the Committee on 
Resolutions to be reported on at the end of the Conference, it 
always being understood that the decisions reached were in no 
way binding upon the Sovereign bodies of Grand Chapters repre- 
sented, but simply a guide as to the opinion of the Representatives 
present on these subjects. 

With regard to the expenses of the meeting in Winnipeg in 
1949, the Secretary, Most Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson, reported that 
the expenses amounted to $775.19, all of which was raised on a 
membership assessment of the different Grand Chapters on an 
assessment of $1.93 per hundred membership, which exactly 
covered the expenses and left nothing in the Treasury. The report 
on Uniform Regalia covered the whole field of Regalias now in 
use by Royal Arch Masons both in Canada and in Great Britain, 
a very full report and samples being produced, covering the whole 
field. One sample of Apron and Sash as presented was agreed 
upon as that suitable to be adopted as standard throughout the 
various Jurisdictions and it was left to the Resolutions Committee 
to draft the recommendation. 

In the matter of Education, it was discussed most fully as to 
the merits of having a booklet which would describe and explain 
Capitular Masonry, and its relationship to the Craft, and it was 
left to the Recommendations Committee to draft a suitable recom- 
mendation to cover the action to be taken before the next Con- 
ference. At the luncheon, it was a delight to have greetings from 
Most Ex. Comp. Alex. Davidson, the Grand Z of the Grand Chap- 
ter of British Columbia, who expressed his pleasure at being present 
and in taking part in the deliberations of the Conference. The 
Report on the All Canadian Lodge of Research and the new set-up 
of the Canadian Masonic Research Association, which was recom- 
mended to take the place of the proposed Lodge for the present, 
was presented fully, with the proposed Constitution and By-laws, 
and passed to the Resolutions Committee for final drafting for 
the record. Dr. P. S. Cochrane of Nova Scotia presented a paper 
on the "Appeal of Masonry," which was most interesting and 
informative. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 39 

Most Ex. Comp. Walter W. Williamson from Quebec Juris- 
diction gave a short but informative report upon the relationships 
existing between the different foreign Jurisdictions, which was fol- 
lowed immediately by a paper on the Capitular Degrees in the 
British Isles, which covered the various Masonic Degrees and 
their relationship with the Grand Jurisdictions within the British 
Isles and also their relationship with the other Grand Jurisdic- 
tions throughout the world by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris. The 
discussion which followed this paper was most illuminating and 
the whole matter was referred to the Resolutions Committee for 
subsequent report. 

After a short recess to permit the Committee on Resolutions 
to complete their report, the Conference reconvened and the fol- 
lowing resolutions were presented and adopted as follows: 
Brief: 

1. Thanks to the President of the Conference for his address 
and the conduct of the meeting. 

2. That the Proceedings of the Conference be mimeographed 
and sent to all Grand Scribe E's to be sent to their three 
Grand Principals and all past Grand Z's, and others desiring 
copies, with a covering letter in the case of any recipient who 
is particularly concerned with the contents. 

3. That a cumulative index of all the preceding Confer- 
ences including the present Conference be made up and in- 
cluded in the Proceedings of this Conference. 

4. That a Committee on Capitular Education be appointed 
to prepare a booklet containing information respecting the 
Capitular Degrees and that the draft of the booklet be fur- 
nished to all the Grand Scribe E's for distribution in their 
Jurisdictions to the selected members of the Jurisdiction who 
are particularly interested in reviewing and making a contri- 
bution so that the draft, with the report, might be submitted 
to the next Conference. 

5. That the personnel of the proposed Committee on Capi- 
tular Education be as follows: F. W. Dean, Canada, Chair- 
man; Dr. P. S. Cochrane, Nova Scotia; A. C. Lemmon, New 
Brunswick; Norman H. Hill, Quebec; J. B. Dillabough, Man- 
itoba; Thomas R. Luke, Saskatchewan; Dr. J. B. Follett, 
Alberta; John McLeod, British Columbia, and C. M. Pitts, 
Immediate Past President. 



40 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

6. Expressed the cordial thanks to all who had prepared 
papers or reports for the conference. 

7. Expressed the belief that the setting up of a Royal Arch 
Chapter in one of our Canadian Grand Jurisdictions by an 
outside Grand Jurisdiction would seriously affect the harmony 
now existing in Capitular Freemasonry. 

8. That the record of the discussions, re this matter be not 
published. 

9. That in the interest of uniformity: 1. That the colours 
of aprons and sashes in use in our Grand Jurisdictions be 
crimson and purple as in the sample exhibited to the Confer- 
ance and marked "exhibit A"; 2. That Grand Chapters where 
the tri-coloured sash is worn, the colours be sky-blue inside 
and crimson and purple outside; 3. That in Grand Chapters 
where any of their officers wear a bi-coloured sash, the purple 
diamond be worn outward; 4. We recommend that all Grand 
Chapters amend their constitution and ritual where necessary 
to harmonize with these recommendations, and that the word 
"indented" be substituted for "irradiated" in the description 
of Regalia. 

10. We would urge upon all Grand Chapters throughout 
Canada, their practical and generous support of the Canadian 
Masonic Research Association. 

The following nominations for the ensuing year were then 
adopted for the Executive Committee for the ensuing Conference: 

President— A. G. N. Bradshaw; 

Immediate Past President— C. M. Pitts; 

Vice-President— Dr. P. S. Cochrane; 

Secretary-Treasurer— Fred J. Johnson; 

Assistant Secretary-Treasurer— A. A. Wilson (Saskatchewan); 

Executive— A. E. Davidson (British Columbia), Dr. J. V. 
Follett (Alberta), R. D. Crawford (New Bruns- 
wick), J. B. Dillabough (Manitoba), Norman H. 
Hill (Quebec). 

The Conference then agreed to meet in the Fifth Annual 
Conference in the city of Hamilton at the close of the meeting of 
the Sovereign Great Priory, which we now know will be at the 
Royal Connaught Hotel on August 2lst, commencing with a din- 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 41 

ner to the delegates at 7:00 p.m., the conference to be concluded 
the following day. 

These Conferences have been productive of exceedingly fine 
results in disseminating the better knowledge and appreciation of 
the problems and the work being done by our several Grand Juris- 
dictions within the Dominion. Without in any way, encroaching 
upon the sovereignty which is inherent in each Grand Chapter, 
it has, nevertheless, been possible to arrive in harmony on the 
decisions on many matters leading to uniformity and the 
strengthening of Capitular Masonry. It is earnestly recommended 
that this Grand Chapter continue its most hearty support of the 
Conference. All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

C. M. Pitts, Grand Z. 

As the representative for Capitular Masonry to the Canadian 
Masonic Research Association, I wish to record the developments 
subsequent to my last report to Grand Chapter. 

In accordance with the resolution adopted by the Preliminary 
Meeting, a subsequent meeting of those interested in Masonic 
Research was called to discuss the formation, in the meantime 
and as a further exploratory step, of a Canadian Masonic Research 
Association. This meeting was held on Tuesday, May 9th, 1950, 
at the Masonic Temple, 888 Yonge Street, Toronto, at 8:00 p.m. 
when about 50 of the brethren representing all Masonic Bodies 
were present. In the unavoidable absence of Most Wor. Bro. 
W. J. Dunlop, on University Extension business out of town, your 
President acted as Chairman of the meeting and Most Wor. Bro. 
R. V. Harris acted as Secretary. A most interesting discussion en- 
sued when all points of view were freely expressed after a full 
report had been given of the details of the first meeting. It was 
moved, seconded and agreed that The Canadian Masonic Research 
Association should be formed to carry on temporarily until a full 
report could be presented to the next Biennial Conference of 
Canadian Grand Lodges in 1951 when the whole scheme would 
have had an opportunity of trial as an Association without com- 
mitting any Grand Lodge to the necessity of Constituting a Lodge 
of Research until general approval had been obtained. The Secre- 
tary then presented a proposed set of Bylaws to govern this Associ- 



42 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ation, which were discussed section by section, and passed as 
follows: 

BY-LAWS 

THE CANADIAN MASONIC RESEARCH ASSOCIATION 

Preamble 

1. To encourage Masonic Research and study by its members and 
others; 

2. To present their findings and conclusions to meetings of the 
Association for discussion and interchange of judgment; 

3. To publish at convenient intervals proceedings or transactions 
containing such portions of the addresses and discussions as 
may be desirable to print; 

4. To publish new Masonic books of outstanding merit; 

5. To reproduce or print Masonic documents of historical im- 
portance; 

6. To reprint scarce Masonic books and pamphlets; 

7. To assist in and encourage the preservation of Masonic material 
of Historic value. 

I. MEETINGS: Meetings of the Association shall be held 
at such times and places as may be designated by the President or 
Executive Committee from time to time. 

II. OFFICERS: The Elective Officers shall be President, 10 
Vice-Presidents, one from each Province, a Treasurer, a Secretary, 
and said officers shall constitute the Executive Committee of the 
Association. 

III. TREASURER: The Treasurer shall receive from the 
Secretary all moneys of the Association and give his receipt there- 
fore, keep a just and regular account thereof, and deposit same in 
such chartered bank as the Executive Committee may designate. 
All money shall be deposited in the name of the Association, and 
no withdrawal shall be made except by cheque signed by the 
Treasurer, countersigned by the President or Vice-President, upon 
authorization by the Executive Committee. 

IV. SECRETARY: The Secretary shall record the proceed- 
ings of all meetings of the Association or its Executive Committee, 
shall receive all money paid to him, paying the same to the Treas- 
urer, taking his receipt therefor, and shall keep such books of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 43 

record and perform such duties as may be prescribed by these 
bylaws or the resolutions of the Association. 

V. COMMITTEES: The President shall appoint such Com- 
mittees as may be necessary for the conduct of the business of the 
Association. 

VI. MEMBERSHIP: The Executive Committee may elect 
to Membership, Master Masons, in good standing belonging to 
recognized Masonic bodies. They shall be entitled to receive with- 
out charge the notices of meetings and the proceedings or trans- 
actions, but a charge shall be made to them for other publications 
of the Association. 

VII. FEES: Members shall pay dues in advance at the rate 
of Five Dollars ($5.00) per annum. 

VIII. PROCEEDINGS: 1. The Executive Committee may 
at convenient intervals publish proceedings or transactions con- 
taining such portions of the addresses and discussions read before 
meetings of the Association and such germane material as may 
be desirable to print. It may also publish new Masonic books of 
outstanding merit, reproduce or print Masonic books and 
pamphlets. 

2. The compilation, manufacture and distribution of all 
publications of the Association shall be in charge of a Publication 
Committee appointed by the Executive Committee, said Publica- 
tion Committee may in its discretion establish rules and regula- 
tions concerning the publication and sale of articles and books. 

Most Ex. Comp. Harris then presented a prepared and printed 
paper on the Masonic Stone of Port Royal 1606, which was re- 
ceived with interest, and a hearty vote of thanks was moved and 
conveyed to Bro. Harris for the paper and the time and thought 
given to this research. 

It would now appear to be in order for the Acting Secretary, 
R. V. Harris, to proceed to call a meeting for the election of 
officers as provided by the Bylaws of the Association as approved 
by the meeting of May 9th, 1950, and that this 4th Annual Con- 
ference reaffirms its interest in and support of this movement and 
to the presentation of a suitable petition to the next Conference 
of Canadian Grand Lodges for the formation, in due time, of an 
All-Canadian Lodge of Research to carry out the objectives as 
outlined in the original presentation. 



44 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The further meeting was held on November 21st, 1950, in 
the College St. Temple, Toronto, at which, in the absence of Dr. 
Dunlop, C. M. Pitts again presided, when the election of offices 
and Executive Committee took place, and papers presented (1) 
"Freemasonry at the Siege of Quebec, 1759," by R. Wor. Bro. 
A. J. R. Milbourne, Montreal, and (2) "Thomas Douglas Harring- 
ton, Citizen and Mason," by W. Bro. Lewis F. Riggs. Membership 
dues at $5.00 were collected, and the next meeting was scheduled 
to be held in Winnipeg on February 26th, 1951, at the meeting 
of the All-Canada Grand Masters Conference. 

I did not attend this meeting of the Association in Winnipeg 
and the minutes are not available, but I understand that the 
Association received encouragement to continue as an Association 
as the time had not yet arrived for the formation of a Lodge of 
Research. A further meeting of the Association for the reception 
of papers and discussion will be held in Toronto shortly. 

Grand Representatives 

It is a pleasure to have issued commissions at the request of 
the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Massachusetts to Most Ex. 
Comp. William F. Clark, G.H.P., and on the request of the Most 
Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut 
to R. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Fairhurst, and the Grand Chapter 
Royal Arch , Masons of British Columbia to Most Ex. Comp. 
Alex. E. Davidson, G.Z., to act as our Grand Representatives near 
their Grand Chapters. 

For Grand Representatives near our Grand Chapter, I have 
recommended to the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Arkansas, Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Rev. C. H. MacDonald; for the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of 
Montana, Rt. Ex. Comp. Edward J. McCleery; for the Grand 
Chapter R.A.M. of Washington, Rt. Ex. Comp. Maurice A. Searle; 
and for the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Quebec, Rt. Ex. Comp. 
J. A. M. Taylor. 

There remains a recommendation for the Grand Chapter of 
North Dakota, vacated by Rt. Ex. Comp. Taylor, which should be 
filled. 

Our Grand Representatives can do much to cement the good 
relations and mutual understanding between Grand Jurisdictions. 
I am delighted to learn that our Grand Representative, Rt. Ex. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 45 

Comp. Charles Fotheringham, paid a visit to the Grand Chapter 
of Tennessee; Rt. Ex. Comp. J. W. Woodland to Wisconsin; and 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Carl McEachern was visiting in California and 
fraternizing with our Grand Representative there, M. Ex. Comp. 
Angus L. Cavanagh, who, I understand, is to be with us at this 
Convocation. I am also exceedingly happy in the anticipation 
that Rt. Ex. Comp. Norman B. Spencer, our Grand Representa- 
tive to the Grand Chapter of New Zealand, plans to be with us, 
and we hope he has a wonderful trip and an enjoyable time here 
and throughout his journeyings. We also expect Rt. Ex. Comp.. 
Oscar E. Peterson, from Wisconsin, M. Ex. Comp. Arthur Osgood, 
from Quebec, M. Ex. Comp. Arthur L. Miller from Pennsylvania, 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Clifford A. McDonald from New York, and M. Ex. 
Comp. Arthur Burke from Michigan. That seems a marvellous 
possible attendance from our Grand Representatives from abroad 
and we welcome them most cordially. 

Membership 

Turning to our membership, I am glad to report we have a 
net gain for the year, but sorry it is only 579 as against an increase 
of 758 last year. It brings our total membership to 20,649. Death 
has laid a heavy hand upon our rolls, 455 being the largest list in 
years. This is reflected in our life membership, which has fallen 
to 3824 from 3913 last year. Our withdrawals of 199 are much 
too high but are again accounted for in adjustments in records 
and in Chapter membership in the newly warranted Chapters. 
The following tables present the membership statistics: 





Membership 








TOTAL MEMBERSHIP 










Total Membership 




Net Increase 




Life 






over previous 


year 


Members 


Dec. 31, 1946 


17,624 


537 




4,047 


" 31, 1947 


18,456 


832 




4.096 


" 31, 1948 


19,312 


856 




4,049 


" 31, 1949 


20,070 








, 


(Adjt. of 10) 


758 










Adjust, of 


(10) 


3,913 


" 31, 1950 


20,649 


579 




3,824 




1947 


1948 


1949 


1950 


Admissions 


1,325 


1,317 


1,322 


1,187 


Joinings 


79 


107 


86 


100 


Restorations • 


59 


52 


48 


58 



46 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Withdrawals 
Suspensions . 
Deaths 



136 


132 


154 


199 


117 


60 


113 


112 


378 


428 


441 


455 



Membership by District at December 31st, 1950: 

District Beginning Year Ending Incraese 
of Year Dec. 31, 1950 



1. 

2. 

3. 

4. 

5. 

6. 

7. 

8. 

8A. 

9. 
10. 
11. 
12. 
13. 
14. 
15. 
16. 
17. 



f o Increase and Percentage 
for Year 1949 



1,426 


1,488 


62 


4.166 


43 


3.181 


2,191 


2,308 


117 


5.007 


86 


4.055 


819 


869 


50 


5.760 


29 


3.670 


945 


949 


4 


.142 


39 


4.304 


983 


994 


11 


1.106 


38 


4.002 


936 


959 


23 


2.398 


78 


9.090 


841 


871 


30 


3.444 


18 


2.187 


1,957 


1,968 


11 


.555 


25 


1.294 


1,893 


1,896 


3 


.158 


60 


3.272 


753 


759 


6 


.790 


6 


.803 


1,411 


1,416 


5 


.353 


47 


3.44") 


1,011 


1,067 


56 


5.248 


27 


2.744 


1,274 


1,298 


24 


1.850 


53 


4.365 


1,499 


1,570 


71 


4.522 


136 


9.878 


904 


955 


51 


5.363 


30 


3.444 


716 


721 


5 


.693 


28 


4.069 


434 


453 


19 


4.194 


2 


.046 


77 


108 


31 


28.700 


3 


4.108 



20,070 



20,649 



579 



2.884 



748 



3.873 



Chapters Having Most Exaltations: 

Chapter No. Location Exaltations 

Carleton 16 Ottawa 48 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 Brockville 27 

Ark 80 Windsor 24 

Shuniah 82 Port Arthur 24 

Hiawatha 252 Sarnia 24 

St. George's 5 London 19 

Prince Edward 31 Picton 19 

St. Andrew 238 London 18 

Golden Star 254 Dryden 18 

Palestine 54 St. Thomas 17 

Covenant 113 Cornwall 17 

The St. Patrick 145 Toronto 17 

Klondike 154 Dawson City, Y.T 17 

Chapter Having No Exaltations: 

Pembroke 58 Mattawa 

Kitchener 210 Russell 

Durham 221 Durham 

Our Largest Chapters: 

Chapter No. Location Members 

The St. Patrick 145 Toronto 471 

Carleton 16 Ottawa 434 

St. George's 5 London 366 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 47 

Sussex-St. Lawrence 59 Brockville 366 

Palestine 54 St. Thomas 357 

Occident 77 Toronto 337 

Ark 80 Windsor 335 

Ancient Frontenac & 

Cataraqui 1 Kingston 328 

Corinthian 36 Peterborough 319 

Shuniah 82 Port Arthur 304 

Our Smallest Chapters: 

Chapter No. Location Members 

Niagara 55 Niagara-on-the-Lake 48 

Warkworth 110 Warkworth 47 

Presqu'Ile 144 Brighton 45 

Prince Edward 218 Shelburne 44 

Dochert 248 Arnprior 43 

Glengarry 143 Maxville 42 

Abitibi 223 Iroquois Falls 41 

Durham 221 Durham 37 

Yukon 256 Whitehorse 32. 

Pembroke (Inactive) 58 Mattawa 21 

Chapters Showing Largest Percentage Net Gain: 

No. 255 Tillsonburg, Tillsonburg 100% 

No. 254 Golden Star, Dryden 24.05% 

No. 214 Vimy, Inwood 19.71 

No. 248 Dochert. Arnprior 16.21 

No. 218 Prince Edward, Shelburne 15.78 

No. 243 McKay, Stoney Creek 15.09 

No. 252 Hiawatha, Sarnia 14.41 

No. 226 Prince of Wales, Perth 14.16 

No. 78 Minnewawa, Parkhill 13.72 

No. 74 Beaver, Strathroy 12.30 

Chapters having 10% Net Gain 14 

Chapters having gain in Membership 109 

Chapters having loss in Membership 35 

Chapters having no change in Membership 11 

155 

To meet the challenge of what may prove to be more difficult 
days ahead, I have appointed a special "Membership Committee" 
for Grand Chapter with Rt. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid as 
Chairman, and composed of present and past Grand Superintend- 
ents for every area of our Jurisdiction, men who should be familiar 
with the territories. The first essential is to survey the areas of 
Masonic population and determine if there are Chapters located 
strategically within those areas. The next duty is to determine 
why certain areas with Chapter facilities are not meeting the needs 
of that area, and to try to strengthen the local situation by what- 
ever assistance Grand Chapter can render, in consultation with 



48 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

the Grand Superintendent of that District. This is not to be a 
high-pressure approach but, rather, a studied effort to build up a 
sound foundation upon which can be erected a superstructure 
which will be at once the pride and the envy of our Masonic 
brethren. A study of the statistics printed above gives even a 
casual observer pause for thought. Districts 8 and 8A contain the 
majority of Craft Masons in the Jurisdiction and the total gain in 
both Districts was 14 as against 85 last year. There must be a 
satisfactory answer, and the situation corrected, if Capitular 
Masonry is to progress and prosper. 

DISPENSATIONS 

One hundred and twenty-seven (127) Dispensations were issued, 
as follows: 

To attend Divine Service 14 

Changing day or hour of opening 58 

Advancement of Officers as required by Constitution 12 

To permit the Installation of Officers on a day not pre- 
scribed in By-Laws 7 

To dispense with Convocation in summer months 

To meet in another Hall 

Social Functions 2 

Waiver of Jurisdiction 7 

To permit working of all degrees in one day 

To permit working of M.E.M. and H.R.A. Degrees on 

same day 

To permit conferring a degree on shorter notice than seven 

days. Section 172 

Approved the interchange of Eleven Chapters in our 
Jurisdiction with Chapters outside our Jurisdiction. In 
most cases a Degree was exemplified. 

RULINGS 

It has been necessary to make only three rulings during the 
past year. 

1. It is improper for a Preceptory to confer a Royal Arch 
Degree in a Chapter, although members of a Preceptory as Royal 
Arch Masons in good standing and otherwise qualified can confer 
a degree with the permission and under the direction of the First 
Principal of the Chapter. 

2. It is improper to appear at a Chapter meeting clothed as 
Knights Templar, with that distinctive uniform and jewels. (Sec- 
tion 279). 

3. It is improper to use the triple-tau on all summons. Its 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 49 

use is reserved for the most important occasions. The use of the 
triple-tau referred to is the triple-tau alone and used at the top 
or bottom of the written summons. 

AMENDMENTS TO CHAPTER BY-LAWS 

New By-Laws Approved: 

St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, Ontario. 
Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, Ontario. 
Maitland Chapter, No. 68 Kemptville, Ontario. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 205, Thornhill, Ontario. 
St. Alban's Chapter, No. 217, Toronto, Ontario. 

Amendments to By-Laws Approved: 

St. Andrew and St. John Chapter, No. 4, Toronto, Ontario. 

Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario. 

Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ontario. 

Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford, Ontario. 

Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa, Ontario. 

Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait, Ontario. 

St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, Toronto, Ontario. 

St. Clair Chapter, No. 75, Milton, Ontario. 

Orient Chapter, No. 79, Toronto, Ontario. 

Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ontario. 

Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville, Ontario. 

MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden, Ontario. 

Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall, Ontario. 

Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener, Ontario. 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington, Ontario. 

Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Ontario. 

Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Dundas, Ontario. 

Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, Ontario. 

Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ontario. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville, Ontario. 

McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ontario. 

Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston, Ontario. 

Dochert Chapter, No. 248, Arnprior, Ontario. 



It is obviously impossible for me personally to present all 
the jewels and medals which were authorized by our Grand Chap- 
ter, but I have honestly tried wherever possible to present the 
Fifty Year Jewels for Continuous Membership in our Grand Chap- 
ter, and the fifty year bar and twenty-five year Jewel for P.Z's. 
and particularly the Distinguished Service Medals, the first three 
of which have been presented during the year, and all of which I 
was able to pin on the recipient's breast. The conditions under 
which this medal is awarded have been carefully outlined and 
it is the intention of Grand Chapter that it shall be the V.C. of 
Capitular Masonry awarded for services by a Companion below 



50 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter rank who is the sole recommendation of his Chap- 
ter for this high honor. It is not for just the best man available 
in each Chapter. It is comparable to the William Mercer Wilson 
Medal of our Grand Lodge. To prevent embarrassment to candi- 
dates for this award, I recommend that the procedure be followed 
of having the name, age, address, etc., and the qualifications of 
the Candidate first submitted to the Award Committee through 
the Grand Scribe E. by the Z. and Scribe E. of the Chapter, when 
following the favourable unanimous approval of the Award Com- 
mittee the application will be returned to the Scribe E. of the 
Chapter to proceed with the steps laid down of having the applica- 
tion approved by the Chapter and forwarded to the Award Com- 
mittee for final approval. It is manifestly unfair to the proposed 
recipient to have his name first published on the Summons when, 
in fact, his qualifications are not of the character which the Award 
Committee consider as adequate for this decoration, and it may 
be that the sponsors are too optimistic, but the standard of the 
Award must be protected. It is a beautiful Medal and Citation. 

The following is the list of the jewels and medals and to 
whom they were presented: 

For Fifty Year Installed First Principal: 

(Bar added to 25 Year Jewel) 

St. John's Chapter. No. 3, London, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ell- 
wood, 1901-1951. 

For Fifty Years a Royal Arch Mason: 

The Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario-Comp. Frederick Lunn, 
1900-1950; Comp. Leigh N. Woodard, 1899-1950. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London, Ontario— Comp. Dr. Edwin Seaborn, 
1900-1950. 

St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, Ontario— Comp. Charles E. 
Bernard, 1899-1950. 

Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville, Ontario-Comp. Arthur McGie, 1900- 
1950. 

Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Edwin C. 
Thornton, 1900-1950. 

Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, St. Catharines, Ontario-Comp. Edward 
Inwood, 1898-1950; R. Ex. Comp. Albert E. Coombs, 1901-1951. 

Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ontario-R. Ex. Comp. 
Walter Joyce, 1900-1950. 

Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich, Ontario-Comp. Malcolm G. Nichol- 
son, 1899-1950. 

Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough, Ontario-Comp. James 
Hamilton, 1901-1951. 

Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound, Ontario-Comp. Joseph K. 
McLaughlin, 1894-1950; Comp. Francis James Davis, 1900-1950. 



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Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Fred 

Copeland, 1893-1950. 
Maitland Chapter, No. 68, Kemptville, Ontario— Comp. Alfred H. Kyle, 

1894-1950. 

Distinguished Service Medals: 

Carleton Chapter, No. 16, Ottawa, Ontario— Comp. W. J. Taylor. 
Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton, Ontario— Comp. Robert R. Cooper. 
Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterborough, Ontario— Comp. Robert 
Starr. 

For 25 Years Installed First Principal: 

Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, Kingston, Ontario— V. 

Ex. Comp. Conrad J. Brunke, 1923-1950. 
St. John's Chapter. No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. John H. 

Eydt, 1922-1950. 
King Solomon's Chapter, No. 8, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. John 

Stephen. 1925-1950. 
Mount Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Wm. G. 

Seago, 1924-1950. 
Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Amos B. Ball, 

1916-1950; Ex. Comp. Percy R. Barnard, 1921-1950; R. Ex. Comp. 

A. Ivan Lane. 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. Dr. Charles F. Williams, 1924- 

1950 R. Ex. Comp. Edwin A. Cook, 1925-1950; Ex. Comp. James E. 

Williams. 1926-1951. 
St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26. Trenton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. W. Miller, 

1921-1950; Ex. Comp. W. R. McClung, 1925-1950; Ex. Comp. A. W. 

Kinnear. 1926-1951. 
Pentalpha Chapter. No. 28, Oshawa, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Norman W. 

Purdy, 1925-1950. 
Huron Chapter, No. 30. Goderich, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Harry B. M. 

Ticheborne, 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. James J. McEwan, 1920-1950; 

H. Ex. Comp. Hugh Hill, 1922-1950; V. Ex. Comp. George Mac- 
Vicar, 1925-1950. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Robert 

McNee, 1925-1950. 
Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Thomas E. 

Cotton, 1925-1950. 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Datus R. 

Sharpe, 1924-1950. 
St. John's Chapter. No. 48, Cobourg, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Albert E. 

Challis, 1924-1950. 
King Hiram Chapter, No. 57. Port Colborne. Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. 

John S. Allen, 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. Henrv P. Roe, 1924-1950. 
Willson Chapter, No. 64, Welland, Ontario— Ex. Como. Francis M. 

Brown. 1922-1950; Ex. Comp. Henry W. Ort, 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. 

John F. Thorpe. 1924-10 r >0. 
St. Paul's Chapter. No. 6"). Toronto, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. E. W. E. 

Saunders, 1917-1950; Ex. Comp. R. W. Mann, 1923-1950. 
Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76, Niagara Falls, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. 

Charles H. Sheppard. 1925-1950. 
Occident Chapter. No. 77, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. J. Harold 

Corner. 1924-1950. 
Shuniah Chapter, No. 82, Port Arthur, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Edward 

Cocker, 1923-1950: R. Ex. Comp. Harold Stanworth, 1925-1950; 
Ex. Comp. John Charles H. Wink, 1924-1950. 



52 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Golden Chapter, No. 90, Kenora, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Nelson Schnarr, 

1910-1950. 
Toronto-Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. W. J. 

Dunlop, 1924-1950. 
White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ontario-Ex. Comp. S. F. Wiffen, 

1924-1950. 
Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. William Finlay- 

son, 1919-1950; R. Ex. Comp. B. C. Brown, 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. 

Roy Stephenson, 1925-1950. 
Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Ray A. 

Trelford, 1925-1950. 
Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Albert 

Harris, 1926-1951. 
St. Francis Chapter, No. 133, Smiths Falls, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Raney A. 

Arnold, 1922-1950; V. Ex. Comp. James F. Grant, 1923-1950. 
Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Wm. H. 

McMillan, 1924-1950. 
The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145, Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. 

Richard H. Dee, 1925-1950. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 148, Vankleek Hill, Ontario-Ex. Comp. Wm. 

Hall, 1926-1951. 
Alberton Chapter, No. 152, Fort Frances, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Alex. J. 

Scott, 1921-1950; V. Ex. Comp. Albert H. Watson, 1923-1950. 
The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ontario— Ex. Comp. John E. 

Riddell, 1925-1950. 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Edward P. 

Bernstein, 1923-1950. 
Ottawa Chapter, No. 222, Ottawa, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Ernest R. East- 
man, 1925-1950. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. Robert 

Clark, 1926-1951. 
Beaver Chapter, No. 225, Toronto, Ontario— V. Ex. Comp. Edward S. 

Calder, 1926-1951. 
Ouinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville. Ontario— R. Ex. Comp. 

James W. Kinnear, 1925-1950. 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. William H. 

Hedges, 1923-1950; Ex. Comp. Bert Sproule, 1924-1950; V. Ex. 

Comp. Fred Powers, 1925-1950. 
Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto, Ontario— Ex. Comp. Calvin F. 

Bolton, 1923-1950. 

I wish to take this opportunity of congratulating all the re- 
cipients and of thanking those who deputized from Grand Chapter 
in making these presentations, particularly Rt. Ex. Comp. Angus 
Cavanagh of California who presented a 50-year Jewel to Comp. L. 
N. Woodard in Los Angeles, California; our late and highly esteem- 
ed friend M. Ex. Comp. John MacLeod who presented a 50-year 
Jewel to Ex. Comp. Fred Copeland in Mission City, B.C.; Rt. Ex. 
Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw who presented the bar and Jewel for 
50 years a P.Z. to Rt. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood in London, and 
M. Ex. Comp. Fred Dean who presented a 50-year Jewel to Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Albert E. Coombs at St. Catharines. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 53 

FINANCES 

Examination of our financial position shows a satisfactory 
year. Our actual revenues exceeded our estimates and our ex- 
penditures were less than we budgeted for. In the individual 
items of Revenue only the Estimated Life Membership dues were 
greater than the actual receipts and this was caused by a remark- 
able drop in our life members. This year our expenses will be 
higher, after the most careful investigation of alternatives. We 
had to renew our office lease for five years from March 1st, 1951, 
at $1380.00 per year, an increase of $565.00. After my association 
with the Grand Chapter Office during the past two years, I am 
satisfied that the remuneration of our Staff should be increased 
to meet the rising living costs and to compensate for the work 
done and the most satisfactory way it is being performed. More 
copies of our Annual Proceedings must be secured if the 2nd and 
3rd Principals of every Chapter are to receive copies, in addition 
to the Z. and S.E. as at present. The result of the semi-annual 
returns has eased our midyear financing problems and has worked 
out exceedingly well from the point of Chapter co-operation, con- 
sidering it was a new system. It should prove increasingly satis- 
factory to both Scribes E. of Chapters and the G.S.E. 

Our Auditor is most conscientious and efficient and gives 
our affairs a great deal of his time and attention. A system of 
taking care of constituent Chapters' Life Membership funds de- 
posited with Grand Chapter has been begun, so that Chapters 
having small amounts to invest to establish Life Membership 
equities can now effectively utilize the Grand Chapter facilities. 

The separate Funds of Grand Chapter are now set up so as 
to be easily interpreted. The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent 
Fund shows an increase, after deducting Benevolent grants of 
$727.77. I wish to particularly thank those Companions who con- 
tributed to this Fund during the past year and showed their in- 
terest in the progress of our Royal Craft by presenting me with a 
cheque for this Fund. Our thanks are due our Committee on 
Benevolence, who have given such faithful service during the year. 

Despite increases in our expenditures, I forsee no reason for 
an operating deficit in the conduct of our affairs, unless some 
heavy calamity befalls us. 

In regard to Chapters applying for Life Membership certifi- 



54 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

cates for Companions who have paid their $10.00 commutation 
fee, it must be understood that Grand Chapter accepts the com- 
mutation fee and issues a certificate only after the Companion 
has satisfied the conditions of Section 246 of the Constitution and 
there has been deposited with his Chapter the necessary funds 
according to the tables to establish his Life Membership in the 
Chapter. 

In this connection also, it has developed that the tables 
shown in Section 246, which show amounts for ages between 21 
and 75, should be extended to age 90 and I recommend that, when 
next printed, the table be extended, as follows: 



76 


$5.07 


81 


$3.65 


86 


$2.49 


77 


4.77 


82 


3.39 


87 


2.29 


78 


4.47 


83 


3.15 


88 


2.11 


79 


4.19 


84 


2.92 


89 


1.93 


80 


3.91 


85 


2.70 


90 


1.76 



This is a continuation of the same Mortality Table as the 
previously published figures. 

The work of the Royal Arch Masons' Welfare Committee of 
Districts 8 and 8A, of Toronto, has been continued with signal 
success, bringing happiness to hundreds of under-privileged chil- 
dren and their mothers by transporting them to the Summer 
Camp at Bronte and in providing comforts and cheer with monthly 
visits to the Red Chevron Hospital. I understand the Committee 
has publicized their work by taking action movies of their good 
deeds and showing these at convenient times and places, thereby 
adding to their financial support. May the new Officers of the 
Committee continue to uphold the fine tradition of service. 

The work on the revision of our Constitution is progressing 
but is not yet ready for presentation for the approval of Grand 
Chapter. We have a good Constitution but it needs to be co- 
ordinated and that is largely the work of an expert, and we have 
one working on it now. The one amendment proposed this year 
follows the precedent established by Grand Lodge in similar cir- 
cumstances, so that election to the Grand Executive will be recog- 
nized as equivalent to election to a Grand Chapter office and carry- 
ing the title of "Right Excellent," and an appointed member of 
the Grand Executive will be entitled to the title of "Very Excel- 
lent," or the equivalent of any other Grand Chapter appointed 
rank. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 55 

In reading the great number of Chapter summons which 
come to my desk, I note an increasing practice of officially an- 
nouncing degree practices to be held on Sunday. This is an 
improper procedure. The Companions can arrange their private 
time and pursuits to meet their own convenience and conscience 
and, perhaps, such activities as degree practices are among the 
most desirable and beneficial on the Lord's Day, but no official 
Masonic business is done on Sunday, except Divine Service or a 
Masonic funeral. 

Two Chapters requested dispensations to hold social gather- 
ings, under Chapter auspices on Sunday evening, December 31st, 
1950. I had to refuse such permission as it had previously been 
ruled in 1945 by Most Ex. Comp. Burden that a New Year's social 
function under the auspices of a Royal Arch Chapter could not 
commence before midnight Sunday. 

Two disastrous fires, one in the Kenora Masonic Temple and 
the other in the Masonic Temple in St. Thomas, and another only 
slightly less serious in Perth, have brought grievous loss to our 
Companions in these centres and a consequent disruption of their 
activities, which has been partially alleviated by the ready offer 
of assistance and accommodation by their neighbouring Chapters 
and Lodges. In many instances, financial assistance has been col- 
lected and donated by the Royal Arch Masons in the District. I 
heartily commend this fine fraternal spirit which has prompted 
this assistance, and, at the same time, I would strongly recommend 
that all Chapters again immediately take stock of their insurance 
coverage against such occurrences and see that adequate provision 
is made in case of loss and, further, that all possible precautions 
be taken that records are protected and that fire does not originate 
in Chapter premises. To the Chapters so affected, we offer our 
most sincere sympathy and such tangible assistance as may be 
possible. 

I wish to acknowledge, with deep appreciation, the great 
courtesy extended by the Grand Chapter R.A.M. of Saskatchewan 
by creating me an Honorary Life Member of their Grand Chapter 
on the occasion of my visit to Regina, and to the following Chap- 
ters of this Jurisdiction who extended to me the honour and 
privilege of Honorary Life Membership in their constituent Chap- 
ters: London Chapter No. 150, Sombra Chapter No. 153, St. 
Andrew and St. John No. 4, Carleton Chapter No. 16, The St. 



56 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Patrick's Chapter No. 145, Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui No. 
I, Quinte Friendship No. 227, Moira Chapter No. 7, and Prince 
of Wales Chapter No. 71. 

To be esteemed worthy of these high and continuing associa- 
tions with my Companions is indeed the highest tribute. 

I would like to commend to the Companions the service ren- 
dered by our Grand Chapter Library and Comp. A. E. MacGregor, 
the recently appointed Librarian, who is carrying on these duties 
so acceptably. We record our most sincere regret at the passing 
of Comp. N. W. J. Haydon on December 21st, who, for so many 
years, took such a deep interest in the Library and Masonic history 
and tradition. We extend to his widow our sincerest sympathy. 

We are exceedingly concerned to learn of the serious illness 
of our faithful Grand Chaplain, Rt. Ex. Comp. V. Rev. Dr. 
Charles H. MacDonald, who has been confined to hospital for 
several weeks. We pray that the Great Physician will be pleased 
to heal his infirmities and restore him to health and strength and 
the fellowship of his home, the service of the Christian ministry, 
and the Companionship of his brethren. Our Grand Chaplain has 
attended several meetings with me and added greatly to their 
success. 

I wish to record here the special assistance received from my 
correspondence with my pen-friend Ex. Comp. and Wor. Bro. 
G. S. Shepherd-Jones, O.B.E., of the Aldersgate Chapter of Im- 
provement, No. 1657, London, England, whose researches and 
studies in Masonic symbolism and the contribution of the Holy 
Royal Arch to our Masonic system, have been most stimulating 
and helpful, as well as greatly appreciated. May his special con- 
cern for the Royal Masonic Hospital, for whose financial assistance 
he dedicates so much of his work, be abundantly rewarded. 

My most heartfelt and sincere thanks goes out to all those 
who, by their constant support and encouragement in all the 
duties and responsibilities of this office for the past two years, 
have been of such great help. It is, perhaps, invidious to record 
names out of such a host of friends and associates to whom I owe 
such deep gratitude, but I would like the privilege of listing just 
a few. 

First of all, the Grand Superintendents, who have served so 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 57 

faithfully in their several Districts. Sometimes I think it somewhat 
unfair, with what must of necessity under present circumstances 
be a rushed and inadequate preparation for their arduous and 
responsible duties, that so much should be expected of them. But 
I have heard little complaint and they have done their best, which 
their reports will indicate. 

We have difficulties to overcome in the Chapters at Mattawa 
and Russell. I have not taken official action because of conditions 
which time and further application to the local situations, will, 
in my judgment, bring the Chapters back into full participation 
in Capitular work. In both cases we are actively concerned. 

There have been some cases where the Grand Superintendent 
elected was Scribe E. of his Chapter. It should be noted that no 
man ought to hold both these positions simultaneously. There is 
a ruling to that effect. 

My special thanks is tendered Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover 
and Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson for installing Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Carl F. Ackert as G.S. of Wellington District No. 4 in his home 
Chapter in Gait. He was unable to be present at Grand Chapter 
last year because of the fatal illness of his mother. He has since 
suffered the further bereavement of his father and we extend to 
him our most sincere sympathy. 

Also, my thanks is extended to M. Ex. Comp. Alex. Davidson, 
G.Z. of British Columbia for journeying from Vancouver to Vic- 
toria to present Ex. Comp. Albert E. Challis, of St. John's Chapter 
No. 48, Cobourg, with his 25 year P.Z.'s jewel. 

My special appreciation goes to the Companions of Temis- 
kaming District, who travelled great distances through bad winter 
weather, to attend my reception at Kirkland Lake. 

To the Grand Chapter Office, Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson 
and Miss Colling, who have done everything possible during the 
last two years to be helpful in the performance of every duty re- 
quired of them to assist me and to further the cause of Royal 
Arch Masonry, I tender my grateful thanks. 

No words of mine can express my full appreciation of the 
wonderful support and co-operation, encouragement, and counsel 
received at all times from the other members of the Grand Council 
and the Advisory Committee of Past Grand First Principals. In 



58 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

seven years of close application to the affairs of Grand Chapter, 
and in the last two years when the responsibilities of office were 
the most heavy, there could never be more friendly and under- 
standing co-operation and help than has existed between these 
Companions, collectively and individually. I hope and pray that 
Royal Arch Masonry has benefitted by our united endeavours. 

And lastly, and very personally, I would record my most grate- 
ful thanks to the Staff in my Office in Ottawa, without whose 
understanding and loyal support, far beyond the routine of clerical 
assistance, has made possible the diverting of my time and energies 
co the fulfilment of my obligation of this high office. 

And so the record closes. I undertook this task in the hope 
that a great deal could be done to bring the Holy Royal Arch into 
wide appreciation and greater participation of Craft Masons. 
More than ever am I convinced that Craft and Royal Craft are 
bound together as one whole entity in the development of a good 
man, who has learned to live a life in favour with God and with 
his fellowmen. Masonry is not a religion, nor in any sense a sub- 
stitute for any man's religion, but it is religious, and the "hand- 
maid of Religion." Freemasonry is universal and yet, through its 
marvellous symbolism, every man can be led to a more fervent 
appreciation of the truths and realities of his religious faith. This 
is because Masonry teaches the fundamentals of men's brother- 
hood as children of one God and Father. It is not fair to say that 
the Craft is concerned only with the material aspects of this re- 
lationship, for the spiritual pervades the material in all Masonic 
teachings, but it is particularly in the Holy Royal Arch that the 
spiritual attains its supreme discovery. This is the highest mis- 
sion of our Capitular system, and to complete its purposes requires 
the best contribution any can give in time, substance and in- 
tellect, and it will still be better than any of us can appreciate, 
because it symbolizes that which man's finite mind can only par- 
tially grasp. 

It is said that Handel, the great composer, dedicated many 
of his brilliant symphonies and oratorios to his patron, the Prince 
of Hanover, afterwards King George of England, but when he 
composed "The Messiah," it was to "The King of Kings." In 
recording his feelings during its composition, he said something 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 59 

like this, "I thought I saw the heaven of heavens opened— and The 
Great God." 

My Companions, that sense of exaltation of the heart and 
spirit of every new Companion as he leaves the Chapter Room as 
a Royal Arch Mason, is the objective and the culmination of all 
my service to this Grand Chapter. 

"Rise up O men of God. 

Have done with lesser things. 
Give heart and soul and mind and strength 
To serve the King of Kings." 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted, 




Grand Z 



60 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ADDENDUM: 

Since writing this Report, on the unanimous recommendation 
of the Grand Chapter Executive, as required by Section 88A of the 
Constitution, as Grand "Z", I have conferred upon Companion 
Thomas Hamilton Simpson, of The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175 
G.R.C. of Hamilton, Immediate Past Most Worshipful Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge, A.F.&A.M. of Canada, in the Province 
of Ontario, the rank of Past Zerubbabel for most distinguished 
service rendered the Craft and Freemasonry, his installation and 
investiture to be arranged by The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, 
associated with Grand Chapter on November 20th, 1951 in the 
City of Hamilton, Ontario. 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved— That the address of the Most Ex., the Grand Z. be referred to 
the Committee on the Grand Z's Address, to report thereon during the present 
Convocation of Grand Chapter. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 61 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT NO. 1 

Rt. Ex. Companion Lowell B. Boyle, Chatham, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It gives me great pleasure to present my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in the St. Clair District No. 1. 

I want to express my thanks to the Principals and Past Princi- 
pals of the District who honored my Chapter and myself when they 
elected me to the office of Grand Superintendent of the District, and 
I also want to thank Most Excellent Companion Clarence MacLeod 
Pitts fhe Grand First Principal for his confirmation of my election 
to that high office. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. John Gilchrist of Blen- 
heim Chapter, No. 239 as my Secretary to whom I extend my sincere 
thanks for the efficient manner in which he performed those duties 
and for his loyal support. Also my thanks to Rt. Ex. Companion 
Harold Roach and Rt. Ex. Companion V. R. Weatherhead for 
their kindly advise and assistance. 

It was my pleasure, at the request of the Most Excellent the 
Grand First Principal to present to Companion Malcolm G. Nichol- 
son of Huron Chapter, No. 30 of Goderich his 50 year Jewel. Com- 
panion Nicholson is at present residing in Windsor, Ont. and ar- 
rangements were made for this presentation to be made in Ark 
Chapter No. 80 on the occasion of their Past Principals night June 
19th. but owing to illness Companion Nicholson was unable to at- 
tend and the Grand Superintendent accompanied by several 
members of Ark Chapter made the presentation at his home. 

Annual Church Services were held by the following Chapters: 

King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119 Leamington, Sunday, June 4th. 

Sombra Chapter, No. 153, Wallaceburg, Sunday, Oct. 22nd. 

Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor, Sunday, Oct. 29th 

Thomas Peters Chapter, No. 250, Windsor, Sunday, Jan. 21st 



Sept. 


18th 


Oct. 


2nd 


Oct. 


4th 


Oct. 


6th 


Oct. 


11th 


Oct. 


12th 


Oct. 


24th 


Nov. 


8th 


Nov. 


17th 


Nov. 


20th 



62 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

A very fine turnout at each of these services and the Grand 
Superintendent was in attendance at three of these services. 

Visits of Inspection were made as follows: — 

Erie Chapter, No. 73, Ridgetown 
Sombra Chapter, No. 153, Wallaceburg 
Blenheim Chapter, No. 239, Blenheim 
Prince of Wales Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg 
Thomas Peters Chapter, No. 250, Windsor 
Wellington Chapter, No. 47, Chatham 
MacNabb Chapter, No. 88, Dresden 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 119, Leamington 
Lome Chapter, No. 164, West Lome 
Ark Chapter, No. 80, Windsor 

On each of these visits the reception was cordial and the great- 
est courtesy and respect paid the representative of the Grand First 
Principal. 

Degrees were conferred at each of these visits with one excep- 
tion, and the Grand Superintendent is satisfied that Chapter is 
capable of conferring the degress in a satisfactory manner. 

It was also my pleasure to be the guest of honour and to assist 
in the Installation of Officers of Seven Chapters of the District. 

The Sympathy of the District was extended to Thomas Peters 
Chapter, No. 250 Windsor, following the death of their First Prin- 
cipal Excellent Companion C. A. Whitelaw. 

On Thursday, December 7th, Wellington Chapter, No. 47, 
Chatham held a Grand Superintendents night the Grand Superin- 
tendent presiding and the Offices being held by Past Grand Super- 
intendents of the District The Holy Arch Degree was conferred on 
seven candidates after which a lunch was served to all present, a very 
pleasant and instructive evening. 

St. Clair District was honoured by two visits during the year 
from the Most Excellent Companion the Grand First Principal 
Clarence MacLeod Pitts. 

A Banquet by Sombra Chapter, No. 153 at Wallaceburg, at 
which the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal was the guest 
speaker, he was accompanied on this visit by Rt. Ex. Comp. A. N. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 63 

Bradshaw, Grand H. and Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand 
Scribe E. 

Also on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Prince of Wales 
Chapter, No. 71, Amherstburg The Most Excellent the Grand First 
Principal was the guets speaker. He was accompanied on this visit 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, Grand Scribe E. On each of 
these occasions the Most Excellent gave a most inspiring address. 

It was my pleasure to visit Ark. Chapter, No. 80 on the occasion 
of the Annual Visit of Port Lawrence Chapter of Toledo, Ohio, also 
to accompany Ark Chapter on the International Night at Ionic 
Chapter at Detroit, Mich. I was also permitted to attend the Inter- 
national Night and Blue Water Conference held at Sarnia, Ont. 
under the auspices of Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, these were very 
happy occasions and it is very gratifying to see the Companionship 
that exists between this Grand Body and those of the United States. 

I was permitted to attend and assist in the Dedication Ceremony 
and presentation of Charter to Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255 and 
I was in attendance at the field day held at London, Ont. and had 
the pleasure of witnessing the Degrees conferred by The Grand 
Council assisted by Grand Chapter Officers. All of which it is 
needless to say has been a great inspiration to me. 

In conclusion I wish to express my deepest feeling of gratitude 
to the Royal Arch Masons of St. Clair District for all the kindness 
shown me at all times. 

LONDON DISTRICT, NO. 2 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Abraham Cavanagh, London, Ont. 

Grand Superintendent 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent draws to a close, 
it is with great pleasure I present my report on the condition of 
Royal Arch Masonry in London District, No. 2. 

First I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to the Com- 
panions of London District, No. 2 for the honour conferred on me 
in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent; also to Most 
Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Pitts for his confirmation of my election. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Alf. Folmer 
as my District Secretary: my sincere thanks to him for his assistance 



64 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

and the very efficient manner in which he performed his duties. My 
thanks also to Rt. Ex. Comp. Bailie Stothers, Rt. Ex. Comp. Win. 
Parker, V. Ex. Comps. Harry Abel and C. W. Few and other Com- 
panions who accompanied me on my official visits. 

On May the 29th I held a Chapter of Instrutcion in the Masonic 
Temple, London. There was a good representation from the Chap- 
ters in the District— over 45 Companions being present. On that 
occasion I endeavoured to pass on to the officers present the in- 
structions I received when installed as Grand Superintendent. I 
was assisted by our Grand Second Principal Rt. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. 
Bradshaw, Rt. Ex. Comp. G. T. Martin and V. Ex. Comp. Harry 
Abel to whom I extend my sincere thanks for their valuable 
assistance. 

On June 4th I attended a joint Divine Service of Wawanosh 
and Hiawatha Chapters in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 
Sarnia, which was very well attended by the Sarnia Companions. 

On June 2nd I accompanied the Companions of St. George's 
Chapter, No. 5 on a fraternal visit to the Companions of Lebanon 
Chapter, Wingham and again on June 10th to Quinte Friendship 
Chapter, Belleville. 

On June 22nd I visited the St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 238, 
London and had the pleasure of presenting their Scribe E.-V. Ex. 
Comp. A. N. Sedgwick with his Grand Chapter regalia and again 
on June 23rd at St. George's Chapter, No. 5, I presented V. Ex. 
Comp. C. W. Few, Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies with 
his Grand Chapter regalia. 

On all my visits of inspection I was properly received and ac- 
corded the honours due the representative of the Most Excellent 
the Grand Z. 

My visits of inspection were as follows: 

Bruce Chapter, No. 53, Petrolia 
St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London 
St. Paul's Chapter, No. 242, Lambeth 
Aylmer Chapter, No. 81, Aylmer 
Vimy Chapter, No. 214, Inwood 
Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas 
Wawanosh Chapter, No. 15, Sarnia 



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29th 


Oct. 


3rd 


Oct. 


5th 


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9th 


Oct. 


12th 


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Oct. 


16th 


Oct. 


24th 


Nov. 


3rd 


Nov. 


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Nov. 


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Minnewawa Chapter, No. 78, Parkhill 

St. John's Chapter, No. 3, London 

Beaver Chapter, No. 74, Strathroy 

Hiawatha Chapter No. 252, Sarnia 

Nilestown Chapter No. 247, Nilestown 

London Chapter, No. 150, London 

The St. Andrew's Chapter, No. 238, London 

On each visit a Degree was conferred and I found the officers 
of all Chapters most efficient in their work. 

On Sunday, October 8th, District Divine Service was held in 
St. Paul's Cathedral, London, Ontario. The Preacher for this oc- 
casion was Bro. The Very Rev. R. Charles Brown, M.A., D.D., Rec- 
tor of the Cathedral and Dean of Huron. This service was attended 
by 100 Companions of the District, amongst whom was our Grand 
Second Principal, Rt. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, who assisted 
at the reading of the second lesson. 

On October 10th I had the pleasure of attending the dedication 
of Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255 in Wilson District No. 3. 

One of the outtsanding events of my term of office was the 
visit of our Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Comp. Clarence 
M. Pitts to London District on October 28th, for our Field Day, 
at which some 80 candidates were received into Royal Arch 
Masonry. On this occasion I had the pleasure of entertaining the 
Most Excellent the Grand Z and members of the Grand Council 
at luncheon at the Hotel London and again receiving them in 
open Chapter in the Masonic Temple the same evening when our 
Grand Z and his officers conferred the Royal Arch Degree on the 
80 candidates who had the same day received their Mark and Most 
Excellent Masters Degree. 

I had the pleasure of acting as Chairman at the banquet held 
in the Masonic Temple the same evening when Most Ex. Comp. 
Clarence M. Pitts was the Guest Speaker, introduced by our Grand 
Second Principal Rt. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, after which he 
presented a 50 year Jewel to Comp. Dr. Seaborn and again on the 
following morning I accompanied our Grand Z to the home of 
Comp. C. E. Bernard to whom he presented another 50 year Jewel. 

I am deepy indebted to Rt. Ex. Comp. Bailie Stothers who was 
General Chairman of the Field Day Committee; to Rt. Ex. Comp. 



66 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Teasell and his officers who conferred the Mark Master Mason De- 
gree; Rt. Ex. Comp. Wm. Parker and his officers who conferred the 
Most Excellent Master Degree; Rt. Ex. Comp. Joe Carson and Ex. 
Comp. Ben Scott for their assistance on this occasion, an event long 
to be remembered in Royal Arch Masonry in London District. 

On December 5th I attended a very successful and well at- 
tended Ladies' Night of St. George's Chapter, No. 5. This is the 
first Ladies' Night this Chapter has held for many years— we hope 
it is only a beginning and that it will become an annual event for 
this Chapter. 

On January 16th, 1951, I attended and assisted at the joint 
Installation of Officers in the Masonic Temple, London, when the 
officers of the seven local Chapters were installed. 

On January 22nd I had the pleasure of attending International 
Night sponsored by Hiawatha Chapter, No. 252, Sarnia, when a 
number of distinguished visitors were present from the United 
States; our own Grand Chapter being represented by Most Ex. 
Comp. Fred Dean who acted as chairman, and Rt. Ex. Comp. A. G. 
N. Bradshaw who proposed the toast to the Grand Chapters of 
the United States. 

My sincere sympathy to St. John's Chapter, No. 3 who lost one 
of its most active Companions, V. Ex. Comp. Stuart Campbell, who 
died after a short illness on Sunday, November 19th and whose 
Scribe E., Rt. Ex. Comp. Jas. Elgie is now seriously ill in hospital. 

I regret to report that Palestine Chapter, No. 54, St. Thomas, 
lost its Chapter Room and all its possessions in a fire which de- 
stroyed the Masonic Temple in St. Thomas on Sunday, January 
28th. I congratulate Aylmer and St. Paul's Chapter on granting 
them the use of their Chapter Rooms until new accommodation is 
available in St. Thomas. 

In general Royal Arch Masonry in London District, No. 2 has 
made very good progress, particularly the smaller Chapters which 
have shown a considerable increase in membership during the 
past year. 

The financial standing of most Chapters in the District can 
be described as good, although in my opinion the dues and affiliation 
fees of some Chapters are too low, when compared with present 
day costs of operating a Chapter. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 67 

In conclusion I would like to express my thanks and appreci- 
ation to all Officers and Companions of the District for their kind- 
ness and co-operation during my year as Grand Superintendent. It 
has been one of the outstanding years in my Masonic career. The 
past year has brought me many new and valuable experiences and 
many new and treasured friends. It has been a year I cannot 
measure in practical terms nor in suitable words. 

WILSON DISTRICT, NO. 3 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Francis M. Reid, Simcoe, Ont. 
Grand Superintendent 

As my term of office as Grand Superintendent of Wilson Dist- 
rict, No. 3 draws to a close, it is a great pleasure for me to submit 
for your consideration my report on the condition and activities 
of Royal Arch Masonry in this District. 

I wish first to express my appreciation to the Principals and 
Past Principals of the District for the high honour conferred upon 
me by them in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent 
and also to express to the Grand First Principal my appreciation 
for confirming the election. 

To Ex. Comp. William Johnson who very kindly accepted my 
invitation to act as District Secretary, I also wish at this time to 
express my heartfelt appreciation for the assistance he has rendered 
to the Royal Craft and myself in performing the duties of this 
important office. His knowledge of Masonry and of Wilson District 
has been a constant source of inspiration to me throughout the year 
and he has accompanied me on my visits both Official and Fraternal 
and has performed his duties in a most capable manner. 

Royal Arch Masonry has prospered during the year ended 
December 31st, 1950, in Wilson District. A gain of 50 has been 
made in the number of Royal Arch Masons in the District. Seventy- 
nine candidates have been accepted for membership and 68 of these 
initiated and the incoming officers for 1951 have 11 candidates left 
over to start their year's work, thus providing them with degree ac- 
tivity for the commencement of their term of office. It is with 
much sorrow I also record the passing to the Grand Chapter Above 
of 19 of our members. 



68 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Wilson District has been greatly honoured in the year now 
drawing to a close in having had the very good fortune of enjoying 
three official visits by the Grand First Principal. On June 23rd 
Oxford Chapter, No. 18 was the host to a District meeting when 
the Royal Arch Degree was conferred, on three sons-in-law of Ex. 
Comp. J. Jupp a Past First Principal of 25 years standing of this 
Chapter, and on the son of another Companion. One of the high- 
lights of the evening was the presentation by the Most Ex. Grand 
First Principal of a 25 year Past Z Jewel to Ex. Comp. J. Jupp and 
a 50 year Jewel to Ex. Comp. E. C. Thornton, both of Oxford 
Chapter. Most Ex. Comp. Pitts gave a very inspiring address to 
a large number of Royal Arch Masons present on this occasion. 

Acting on behalf of the Grand First Principal I attended in 
Brantford and presented a 50 year Jewel to Rt. Ex. Comp. W. Joyce 
of Mt. Horeb Chapter, who due to illness had been unable to be 
present at the Woodstock Convocation and receive from the hands 
of our Grand First Principal the token of Royal Arch Masonry's 
esteem. A very enjoyable evening was spent with Rt. Ex. Comp. 
Joyce at his home and I am pleased to report that on that occasion 
he was feeling much better than he had on the occasion of the 
Woodstock Convocation. 

Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255 had the distinct pleasure of 
receiving its Charter from the hands of The Grand First Principal 
and having its lovely Chapter Rooms dedicated on Tuesday, Oc- 
tober 10th, 1950, when the members of Grand Council accompanied 
The Most Ex. The Grand Z to Tillsonburg for this important mile- 
stone in Royal Arch Masonry in Wilson District. 

To Ex. Comp. R. D. MacDonald the present First Principal of 
Tillsonburg goes credit for working out many of the details inci- 
dent to the visit of the Grand First Principal on that occasion and 
also for arranging with the Ladies of St. Andrew's Presbyterian 
Church, Tillsonburg, to cater for a sumptuous turkey banquet 
preceding the dedication ceremonies in the Chapter Room. 

For the information of the companions who may not be ac- 
quainted with Ex. Comp. R. D. MacDonald, it is of interest to note 
that he is the Pastor in charge of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church 
and the son of our much beloved Chaplain Rt. Ex. Comp. Very 
Rev. Charles H. MacDonald who also was present and assisted in 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 69 

the ceremonies of the occasion and also introduced the Speaker of 
the evening The Most Ex. Grand Z. 

An important date in the annals of Royal Arch Masonry in 
Wilson District will be April 16th when The Most Ex. Grand First 
Principal will again journey to this District in order to dedicate 
the Chapter Room of Brant Chapter, No. 115 in Paris. The Chap- 
ter has arranged for a banquet to precede the ceremonies and the 
District is looking forward with anticipation to again listening to 
an address by The Grand Z. 

In accordance with the constitution I met all of the principals 
of the various Chapters within 60 days of my election by visiting 
them in their several Chapters and discussed with them the prob- 
lems of the year and the programmes to be followed. 

Acting in conjunction with the Principals Association of Wilson 
District a Chapter of Instruction was conducted at Harris Chapter, 
No. 41, Ingersoll on Wednesday 6th September, when a selected 
team from the whole District exemplified the Most Ex. Master 
Degree. At the conclusion of the degree work a discussion took 
place and instructions were issued. 

The following is the record of my official visitation: 

Oct. 11th Regal Chapter, No. 253, Port Dover 

Oct. 13th Harris Chapter, No. 41, Ingersoll 

Oct. 27th Oxford Chapter, No. 18, Woodstock 

Nov. 3rd Mt. Horeb Chapter, No. 20, Brantford 

Nov. 9th Ezra Chapter, No. 23, Simcoe 

Nov. 20th Brant Chapter, No. 115, Paris 

Feb. 6th Tillsonburg Chapter, No. 255, Tillsonburg 

On each occasion I was received most cordially with Grand 
Honours and given a very warm welcome as the Representative 
of the Grand First Principal. 

On each visit a degree was conferred and work performed in an 
efficient manner. Officers in this District are sincere and conscient- 
ious in their work and eager to adopt suggestions offered by Grand 
Chapter in the manner of obtaining uniformity in degree work. 
The manual of instructions issued by Grand Chapter has proved 
very useful in this district towards attaining this end. 



70 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Besides my official visits I have visited each Chapter on at least 
two occasions when I have had an enthusiastic welcome and enjoyed 
many fine evenings with work well performed in all instances. 

As representative of Wilson District I attended the Field Day 
arranged by Rt. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh, District Superintendent 
London District, and was much impressed by the success of this 
occasion when a record number of new Royal Arch Masons received 
the Holy Royal Arch Degree with the Grand Council acting as the 
Council, culminating a day which will be remembered for a long 
time throughout the whole district. 

I also had the honour of attending a Reception given by the 
Royal Arch Masons of the two Toronto Districts honouring the Most 
Ex. Grand First Principal C. M. Pitts. 

This District mourns the loss of Rt. Ex. Comp. James Martin 
of Beachville who was the Grand Superintendent of this District in 
1940. Acting on behalf of The Most Ex. Grand First Principal and 
Council I attended the funeral services where a very large number 
of Masons from throughout this area assembled to pay their last re- 
spects to one who will be deeply missed from our presence. 

The condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Wilson District No. 3 
is in a very satisfactory condition. All Chapters have very efficient 
officers and work is on a high standard. The financial position is 
good but with the increased cost of supplies, consideration may 
have to be given by some Chapters to raising the dues and initiation 
fees which are still on a pre-second world war basis in many in- 
stances and should be brought up to present day levels. 

In closing I wish to thank all the Companions throughout the 
District who have in many ways contributed to the work and pro- 
gress made during the past year and made it a memorable and 
outstanding one in my Masonic career. I shall always treasure 
and cherish the happy memories of my term of office and the friend- 
ship and kindness of the Companions shown me on every occasion. 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT, NO. 4 

Rt. Ex. Comp. F. C. Ackert, Gait, Ontario, 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with much pleasure that I submit my report on the con- 
dition of Capitulary Masonry in Wellington District, No. 4. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 71 

First I wish to express my sincere thanks to the Companions ot 
Wellington District for the high honour they conferred upon me 
in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent for the year 
1950, and to the Most Excellent the Grand Z. C. M. Pitts for con- 
firming the same. 

Immediately following my election I appointed Ex. Comp. H. 
R. Baer as my secretary and I am indebted to him for his support 
during my term of office. 

My Inspection visits were as follows: 

June 14 Prince Edward Chapter, No. 218, Shelbourne. 

Oct. 3 Ionic Chapter, No. 83, Orangeville 

Oct. 10 Enterprise Chapter, No. 67, Palmerston 

Oct. 19 Durham Chapter, No. 221, Durham 

Oct. 20 Halton Chapter, No. 234, Georgetown 

Nov. 3 Kitchener Chapter, No. 117, Kitchener 

Nov. 10 Guelph Chapter, No. 40, Guelph 

Nov. 16 Waterloo Chapter, No. 32, Gait 

Nov. 21 Preston Chapter, No. 245, Preston. 

I was properly received with a warm welcome in each Chapter 
as the representative of the Grand First Principal, and the loyalty 
towards Grand Chapter was expressed by all the Companions. 

On all my visits of Inspection, with one exception, I witnessed 
the conferring of degrees and the work is being done in a very good 
manner throughout the district. 

On each of my visits I was privileged to speak to the Compan- 
ions on the work of the evening. I also stressed the need and use- 
fulness of committees as they affected each Chapter and urged the 
Companions to work as a team in order to promote the best inte- 
rests of the Royal Craft. 

On the occasion of my visit to Durham Chapter it was my 
happy privilege on behalf of Grand Chapter to present to Ex. Comp. 
W. S. Hunter his 25 year Past Principals Jewel. Ex. Comp. Hunter 
has been an active member of Durham Chapter since its founding 
and still is a good attender. 

On November 8th, it was my happy privilege and honor to 
preside at the Dedication of new Chapter rooms for Prince Edward 
Chapter, No. 218, Shelbourne, which was conducted by M. Ex. 



72 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Comp. Pitts, Grand Z. who was assisted by a goodly number of 
Grand Chapter Officers. The Dedication was preceeded by a ban- 
quet to which Master Masons were invited. There was an overall 
attendance of about 150 members of the Craft and Royal Craft. 
They were warmly welcomed by Ex. Comp. I. Edwards ruling First 
Principal of Shelbourne Chapter. It was my pleasing duty to present 
M. Ex. Comp. Pitts, who was the guest speaker at the banquet. 
Grand Chapter was opened at 8.30 P.M. by the Grand First Princi- 
pal M. Ex. Comp. Pitts with a very good number of Companions 
from the District being present. Following the Dedication, the 
Grand First Principal addrsesed the Companions relative to the 
meanings of the Ceremony of Dedication. Several of the Grand 
Chapter Officers also spoke briefly. Ex. Comp. Edwards thanked 
M. Ex. Comp. Pitts and the members of Grand Chapter for having 
Dedicated their new Chapter rooms. 

Shelbourne Chapter is to be commended for the remarkable 
progress they have made in the past couple of years. 

To the Grand Chapter Officers present and past who were of 
assistance to me during my term of office MY THANKS. 

To the Companions who accompanied me on my visits of 
Inspection I wish to say a real Thank you, for I believe that these 
visitations by the Companions are a real boost to the Chapters 
visited. I am pleased to report that the condition of Capitulary 
Masonry in Wellington District is in good condition and feel that 
the Royal Craft in Wellington District will continue to show 
progress. 

In conclusion, may I once again thank all the Companions for 
their loyal support and kindness shown me during my term of office. 
I shall ever treasure the many happy memories of my term of office 
as Grand Superintendent. 

HAMILTON DISTRICT, NO. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper, Hamilton, Ontario 
District Superintendent 

It is with much pleasure I submit my report on the activities 
and condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Hamilton District, No. 5. 

I first wish to express my sincere thanks to the principals and 
Past Principals of the Chapter's for electing me to the office of 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 73 

Grand Superintendent and to the Most Ex. our Grand First Prin- 
cipal for confirming the same. 

My first act was to appoint Ex. Comp. Ian W. McConachie as 
my secretary, and I extend to him my sincere thanks for the able 
manner which he performed his duties. He accompanied me on all 
my visits excepting one, V. Ex. Comp. J. E. Grady kindly acted in 
his stead. 

In accordance with requirements of Grand Chapter on June 19, 
1950, I called a meeting of all the Ruling Principals of the Chapters 
of Hamilton District, No. 5 in the Chapter room in Hamilton. The 
meeting was very well attended, there being twenty-four Principals 
present. Many questions were discussed and explained with regard 
to the various degrees as well as a discussion of my Official Visits 
and the Annual District Church Service. Many thanks to V. Ex. 
C. R. Lloyd and the Principals for the success of this meeting. My 
schedule of visits were planned so that as near as possible a city 
Chapter could visit the country and also that some country Chapt- 
ers could visit with country Chapters. This created more harmony 
and friendly spirit among the Companions and was a decided 
success. 

My Inspection visits were as follows: 

Sept. 19 The Hamilton Chapter, No. 175, Hamilton, Ontario 
St. Clair Chapter No. 75, Milton, Ontario. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 224, Hamilton, Ontario 
St. John's Chapter, No. 6, Hamilton, Ontario 
White Oak Chapter, No. 104, Oakville, Ontario. 
Caledonia Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ontario 
McKay Chapter, No. 243, Stoney Creek, Ontario 
Ancaster Chapter, No. 155, Ancaster, Ontario 
Hiram Chapter, No. 2, Hamilton, Ontario 

I was properly and very cordially welcomed in each Chapter as 
the representative of the Grand First Principal, the Companions 
expressed their loyalty to Grand Chapter. 

At each of my visits, I imparted to the Companions some 
Masonic Education on the Degree exemplified, which was warmly 
received and the Companions desire that Royal Arch Masonic Edu- 
cation should be given at each and every Convocation of all Chap- 



Sept. 


21 


Oct. 


2 


Oct. 


12 


Oct. 


18 


Oct. 


26 


Nov. 


13 


Nov. 


21 


Nov. 


24 



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ters, I am quite in accord. I also stressed fraternal visits to other 
Chapters of the District. 

The Annual District Church service was held in Trinity Baptist 
Church in Hamilton on November 5th and a very good attendance 
is recorded. Rev. Dr. O. D. Priddle gave us a very inspiring 
sermon, "The Master Architect" and was enjoyed by all. 

I have visited all the Chapters several times during my term of 
office and I have answered many questions pertaining to the work 
of the Degrees and the internal working of a Chapter. 

I was a guest to the Dedication of Tillsonburg Chapter Room 
on October 10th, 1950. 

The highlights of my year was the District Reception to M. 
Ex. Comp. Clarence McLeod Pitts our Grand First Principal, at 
Hiram Chapter on October 27th in the Masonic Hall where M. Ex. 
Comp. Pitts gave a very inspiring address on the Royal Arch Degree 
from the opening of the Chapter through all the Degrees to the 
closing. Also his remarks at the banquet table was an inspiration 
to all. 

The Dedication of the Chapter Room of Caledonia Chapter, 
No. 236 on November 9th. This ancient and beautiful ceremony 
of dedication was very ably exemplified by our Grand First Principal 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts and Grand Chapter Officers. 

At the close of the ceremony an address was given by our Grand 
First Principal. On Royal Arch Masonry, Craft Masonry and their 
relationship to the Scriptures. I also conducted the election of 
Officers in four Chapters, Keystone, St. John's, Caledonia, and An- 
caster, I also presided as the Installing Z at the Installation of their 
Officers in their respective Chapters, Caledonia, Ancaster, White 
Oak, St. Clair and St. John's. 

I had the honour to be invited to Caledonia Chapter May 25th 
where a Grand Chapter night was held. I presided as Acting First 
Principal and the team were all Past and Present Grand Chapter 
Officers, The Holy Royal Arch Degree was exemplified, this most 
beautiful Degree was worked in a very fine and dignified manner 
and was a credit to these Officers. 

I had the honour to be invited to White Oak Chapter on June 
21st to act as First Principal to exemplify the Holy Royal Arch De- 



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gree. At this Convocation a large number of Past and Present 
Grand Chapter Officers also Officers and Companions of Chapters 
from Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor, Oakville, and Milton. 

The condition of Royal Arch Masonry in Hamilton District, 
No. 5 is quite favorable and is on a sound basis, there has been an 
increase in membership, most of the Chapters are receiving petitions. 
Many of them with work waiting, all the Chapters are in good 
financial condition and have adequate fire protection. 

It has been a pleasure to work with and among Royal Arch 
Masons in Hamifton District, No. 5 and also from other Districts. 

HURON DISTRICT, NO. 6 

R. Ex. Comp. William Elliot Mitchell, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent. 

It gives me much pleasure to submit my report on the condition 
of Capitular Masonry in this district. 

I would like to express my appreciation to the Companions ot 
Huron District for the honor they conferred upon me in electing me 
to this office and to the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Clarence M. 
Pitts for conferring the same. 

Ex. Comp. J. K. Taylor, who was appointed to act as Secretary, 
proved himself to be a very faithful Companion. I would like also 
to express my thanks to Rt. Ex. Comp. H. A. Mutton who ac- 
companied me on all my visits. His knowledge and previous 
experience of the district were most invaluable on my various visits. 

In November, this district was honored by the presence of M. 
Ex. Companion Clarence M. Pitts, at a banquet held in Wroxeter. 
He was accompanied by Rt. Ex. Comp. Johnson, Grand Scribe E 
and other Grand Chapter Officers. A large attendance of both craft 
and capitular Masons heard the very interesting and informative 
address of the Grand First Principal. 

Several of the Chapters during the year have made inter-visits 
which were found to be both instructive and interesting and this 
type of meeting, I believe should be encouraged. Bernard Chapter 
held a very successful Divine Service in May which was well 
attended. 



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16 


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3 


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13 


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16 


Oct. 


17 


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14 


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21 


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24 


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My visits of inspection were as follows: — 

St. James Chapter, No. 46, St. Marys 
Havelock Chapter, No. 63, Kincardine 
Chantry Chapter, No. 130, Southampton 
Bernard Chapter, No. 146, Listowel 
Malloch Chapter, No. 66, Seaforth 
Huron Chapter, No. 30, Goderich 
Lucknow Chapter, No. 147, Lucknow 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 84, Wingham 
Tecumseh Chapter, No. 24, Stratford 
Elliot Chapter, No. 129, Mitchell 

On each of my visits I was received in proper form and was 
fortunate to see the officers of each Chapter confer a Degree. I 
found the condition of all Chapters to be more or less encouraging 
and the membership of some Chapters to be showing quite a rapid 
increase. 

My year has been a very interesting one for me and I would 
like to thank the Officers and Companions of this district for their 
very kind co-operation. 

NIAGARA DISTRICT, NO. 7 

R. Ex. Comp. Arthur E. Langman, Port Colborune, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal and the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I have the honour to present herewith, as Grand Superintend- 
ent of Niagara District, No. 7, my report on the condition of the 
Royal Craft in that District for the year 1950-1951. 

First of all, I wish, again, to express to the various Chapters in 
the District, my sincere thanks for the high honour conferred upon 
me by my election as Grand Superintendent, and again, to thank 
Most Ex. Comp. Pitts for confirming my election. 

One of my first official duties was the selection of Ex. Comp. 
Robert B. White, P.Z. of my own Chapter, King Hiram, No. 57, 
at Port Colborne, as my secretary. His duties have been performed 
in the most efficient manner. He accompanied me on all my visits 
throughout the District, formal and informal, looked after the ex- 



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amination of the books and records of the different Chapters visited, 
thus enabling me to concentrate my attention on the oral proceed- 
ings and ritualistic work of the Chapters, and in many other ways 
greatly lightened the burden of my official duties. His company 
and assistance has been a great pleasure to me. 

My next step was to notify the Chapters in the District, official- 
ly, of my election, and to proceed with the arrangement of a schedule 
of official visits. . I tried to arrange one or two such visits before 
the Summer holiday season, but due to increasing warmth of the 
weather, lack of available candidates for degrees, and consequent 
anticipated poor attendance in the Chapters which I had proposed 
to visit, I finally decided to postpone all official visits until the 
Autumn. 

On June 14, 1950, through the courtesy of the members of 
Willson Chapter, No. 64, at Welland, who very kindly made their 
Chapter Room and its facilities available to me for the purpose, 
as the most convenient and central location in the District, I was 
able to preside at a general meeting at which six of the nine 
Chapters in the District were represented. The proceedings were 
somewhat informal, commencing with a resume of my instructions 
received at Grand Chapter and a brief outline of my tentative places 
for the year, followed by a questions and answers period and a dis- 
cussion of across the floor, of certain proposals made by some of the 
Companions, as likely to promote the good of the Royal Craft. The 
meeting was, by no means, a waste of time and effort, and had the 
good effect, at least, of promoting fraternization in the District, and 
of enabling me to make or improve acquaintance with many of 
those who attended. 

During the Summer I completed my schedule of Official Visits, 
which was later carried out as follows: 

Grimsby Chapter, No. 69, at Grimsby 

Niagara Chapter, No. 55 at Niagara 

Mount Moriah Chapter, No. 19, at St. Catharines 

Mount Nebo Chapter, No. 76 at Niagara Falls 

Smithville Chapter, No. 240 at Smithville 

King Hiram Chapter, No. 57 at Port Colborne 

Willson Chapter, No. 64 at Welland 

Hugh Murray Chapter, No. 184 at Fort Erie 

McCallum Chapter, No. 29 at Dunnville 



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On each of these visits I was properly and most cordially 
received, being in nearly every case, introduced by Past Grand 
Superintendents of the District, or by other Past Grand Officers. At 
each visit a Degree was conferred or exemplified, the Principals 
and other Officers taking part, demonstrating to my satisfaction, 
their knowledge of the ritual and their skill and ability in working 
the degrees in the proper manner. 

On September 25, I made an informal visit to Smithville Chap- 
ter at Smithville, accompanying the Companions of Willson Chap- 
ter, of Welland, who were paying a fraternal visit, and who exempli- 
fied the Most Excellent Master's Degree in a very satisfactory 
manner. 

From a District standpoint, the most outstanding event of the 
year was the celebration, at Welland, on November 1, 1950, of the 
Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the founding of Willson Chapter, No. 
64. It was marked by the presence of the Grand First Principal, 
who thus honoured the District, accompanied by Most Ex. Comp. 
Dean, Past Grand Z., Rt. Ex. Comp. Johnson, Grand Scribe E., and 
Rt. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark of the Grand Executive Committee. 
There were present, also, many Past Officers of Grand Chapter, 
from different parts of the District. Willson Chapter, acting as host 
to these distinguished visitors, as well as to the many Companions 
present from other Chapters in the District, was joined by the latter 
in extending to Most Ex. Comp. Pitts and his entourage, what was 
actually, if not formally, as much a Niagara District as a Willson 
Chapter welcome. 

From the reception of the Grand Z and his escort, the proceed- 
ings in the Chapter were quite brief, being limited to a recital of 
some interesting and amusing incidents of the early history of the 
Chapter, culled from old minute books and records, and the present- 
ation of several 25 year Jewels and Past Z's Jewels for Past Principals 
of the Chapter. After the Chapter was closed the Companions were 
regaled with a banquet served by the ladies of Holy Trinity Angli- 
can Church, accompanied by the customary toasts. The highlight 
of this part of the festivities was a most eloquent and inspiring ad- 
dress by Most Ex. Comp. Pitts. 

Since my election, as Grand Superintendent, I have attended 
every regular Convocation of my own Chapter, one of them being 
the occasion of my official visit, as above indicated. At the De- 



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cember meeting I had the honour, and pleasure, on behalf of the 
Grand Z., and of Grand Chapter, of presenting 25-year Jewels to 
Rt. Ex. Comp. J. S. Allen, Past Grand Superintendent, and to Ex. 
Comp. H. E. Roe, Past Z., both veteran members of the Chapter. 

I was present, informally, at Willson Chapter, again on January 
17, 1951, the occasion being the joint installation and investiture of 
the Council and other Officers of King Hiram and Willson Chap- 
ters. Joint installations have become traditional with these two 
Chapters, each of which, for many years past, in alternate years, 
has acted as host to the other and provided the personnel of the In- 
stalling Board. This year it was the turn of Willson Chapter, the 
Board being composed of its Past Z's, under the able and expert 
supervision of Rt. Ex. Comp. J. G. Frame, Past Grand Supt. 

The condition of Royal Arch Masonry in this District appears 
to be on a fairly sound basis. Some of the Chapters are, naturally,, 
more active and progressive than others. All but two have increased 
their membership, one merely maintained its net membership, and 
one, through deaths and withdrawals, had a net loss of four. In all 
cases assets exceed liabilities, in some quite substantially. Prospects 
vary from fair to excellent. There is, of course, room for improve- 
ment, especially in increased membership. This, I feel, could be 
very materially bettered by a more positive attitude on the part of 
Chapter members towards the members, and especially the newer 
members of their Craft lodges, and a more active and determined 
effort to make known to such members, the benefits and advantages 
of Chapter membership. I feel confident, by and large, that in this 
District, Royal Arch Masonry is steadily, if slowly, improving its 
position, and is in a healthy and reasonably satisfactory condition. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

TORONTO EAST, DISTRICT NO. 8 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Thos. J. Mason, 23 Scott Street, Toronto, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honor of presenting my report as Grand Superin- 
tendent of Toronto East District, No. 8. 

To the Ruling Principals of the District, I desire to express my 
very deep appreciation of the honor conferred upon The Beaches 
Chapter and myself, in electing me, by acclamation, to this hig'i 



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office, and to the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal for his 
confirmation of my election. 

Ex. Comp. L. A. Woolger of The Beaches Chapter readily 
accepted my invitation to act as District Secretary, and I gratefully 
acknowledge his co-operation, and the efficient manner in which 
he carried out his duties. His moral and physical support contri- 
buted very largely to any success that attended my tenure of office. 

Immediately following my election, I called a meeting of the 
Ruling Principals of the District, and conveyed to them the in- 
structions that I had received from Grand Chapter. Many matters 
relative to the efficient administration of the affairs of the various 
Chapters were discussed, and I am convinced that this meeting was 
worth while. 

My itinerary was as follows: — 

York Chapter, No. 62 

Aurora Chapter, No. 235 

St. Andrew and St. John, No. 4 

University Chapter, No. 241 

Victoria Chapter, No. 205 

Beaver Chapter, No. 225 

Succoth Chapter, No. 135 

The St. Patrick Chapter, No. 145 

King Solomon Chapter, No. 8 

The Beaches Chapter, No. 163 

St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65 

St. Albans Chapter, No. 217 

Orient Chapter, No. 79 

At every one of my visits the enthusiastic manner in which I 
was received, manifested in no uncertain way the very high regard 
in which Most Excellent Companion Pitts was held by all Compan- 
ions, and I am also very appreciative of the courtesy and the kind 
personal references extended to my Secretary and myself. 

In carrying out my duties, I was greatly assisted by frequent 
contacts with Rt. Ex. Comp. Gardner, the Grand Superintendent of 
Toronto District No. 8A, and I wish to take this opportunity of 
thanking him for his co-operation, which I am sure was to the 
muutal benefit of both Districts. 



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I called for Chapters to volunteer to confer the three Degrees 
under schools of instruction, and the following Chapters undertook 
this work: — 

Mark Master Aurora Chapter 

Most Excellent Master King Solomon Chapter 

Holy Royal Arch The Beaches Chapter 

The chairs were occupied by Ruling and Past Principals of the 
District, who gave a correct and impressive rendition of the ritual, 
which I am sure was illuminating and instructive to all present. I 
regret, however, that many of those for whose special benefit these 
schools were held, the Junior Officers were not present. 

I am happy to report that all Chapters in the District are fort- 
unate in having very efficient Scribes E, the books and records being 
maintained in accordance with regulations, and with neatness and 
accuracy. 

All Chapters I visited appear to be well supported by the Past 
Principals, who are undoubtedly the backbone and stimulus of the 
Royal Craft. 

To me was accorded the honor of presenting twenty-five year 
Jewels to:— 

Ex. Comp. Frank R. Underhill, Aurora Chapter 
V. Ex. Comp. E. S. Calder, Beaver Chapter 

I had the pleasure of being present on several outstanding 
events. 

On May 13th some 150 Companions of the District journeyed 
by bus to Batavia, New York, where we were the guests of the 29th 
Capitular District of the State of New York. We were received 
by Western Star Chapter which was then called off to allow our own 
Officers to exemplify the H.R.A. Degree in the manner of the 
Canadian ritual. This visit was returned by our friends from New 
York on September 20th, when they exemplified the H.R.A. Degree, 
under their own ritual. These visits were most instructive and 
enjoyable, and it did much to further strengthen the bond that 
exists with our Companions across the border. 

On June 15th the District Golf Tournament was held at High- 
lands Golf Club, Aurora. R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Searle and his Com- 



82 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

mittee are to be commended for their work in arranging this pleas- 
ant interlude, which I would like to see very much better patron- 
ized, as I am sure events of this nature do much to promote good 
fellowship amongst the Companions. 

On October 11th St. Paul's Chapter, No. 65, celebrated their 
seventy-fifth Anniversary, and on November 2nd St. Andrew and St. 
John Chapter held a Convocation which marked their One 
Hundredth and Fiftieth Anniversary. 

On November 10th, M. Ex. Comp. Pitts presided at a meeting 
of York Chapter, when the Grand Master, M. Wor. Bro. Maher, 
was installed as Past Ex. First Principal. 

On March 17th, The St. Patrick Chapter celebrated their 
Annual Grand Chapter Night. Most Ex. Comp. Pitts occupied 
the Chair and was assisted by Ruling and Past Grand Chapter 
Officers. This meeting was well attended and characteristic of the 
splendid traditions of this fine Chapter. 

As a fitting climax to the year's activities, the two Toronto 
Districts combined in tendering a reception to M. Ex. Comp. Pitts, 
the ruling and past Principals of 1950 and 1951 in the two Districts, 
who was presented with an illuminated address, signed by each of 
and a donation to Grand Chapter Benevolent Fund. 

St. Patrick Chapter were good enough to permit me to hold a 
District Divine Service co-incident with their own annual event, on 
March 18th, 1951, at Eglinton Avenue United Church. The Pastor, 
Ex. Comp. Dr. W. J. Johnson of St. Patrick Chapter delivered a 
very inspiring sermon, entitled "The Measuring Line." 

I commend most highly the splendid work still being carried 
on by The Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee, under the able 
Chairmanship of Rt. Ex. Comp. W. K. Herd. Their activities in 
transporting underprivileged children to the Bronte Summer Camp, 
and their donation of comforts and entertainment to the veterans 
at the Red Chevron Hospital, are well worthy of the support of all 
Companions. 

The Principal's Association of the Districts 8 and 8A are still 
rendering a service of advice and instruction to the Chapters in the 
Jurisdiction. 

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individual reports of each Chapter would convey that the condiiton 
of Royal Arch Masonry in this District is good, I would like to see 
a little more enthusiasm in improvement by the Junior Officers 
in the rendition of the ritual, a greatly improved percentage of 
attendance, and an increase in membership. These conditions, I 
am convinced, could be remedied by serious consideration of the 
following recommendations: — 

RECOMMENDATIONS 

1. That Chapters be opened promptly at the stated time, and 
lengthy discussions in the Chapter room, on matters that 
could be disposed of at meetings of the Executive Com- 
mittee, be eliminated. 

2. That schools of instruction be held by all Chapters, period- 
ically, in order that Officers may be trained in the correct 
rendition of the ritual. 

3. That more careful attention be given to the appointment 
of Junior Officers, and that no Officer be promoted, merely 
because of seniority in the "line up" but only on his having 
demonstrated that he has the qualifications of a good officer, 
and potential First Principal. 

4. That Candidates should not be left bewildered and un- 
taught after Exaltation, but should receive instruction and 
education in the full concept and interpretation of our 
symbols. This is one of the conditions which I am sure is 
resulting in Companions losing interest. 

5. That in the so called "Fourth Degree," the refreshment be 
light, attractive and above all inexpensive. And in this 
respect I can see no logical reason why the Companions in 
attendance should not be asked to subscribe to the cost, and 
thereby eliminate a serious drain on the general fund. 

6. That any entertainment be of an intellectual and instruc- 
tive nature, and that all Chapters appoint a Committee to 
obtain good speakers for these occasions. 

7. By an exchange of inter-Chapter and Inter-Lodge visits, at 
which Degrees could be conferred by the visiting Chapters. 



84 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

TORONTO DISTRICT, NO. 8A 

Rt. Ex. Comp. W. E. Gardner, Grand Superintendent 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z, Officers and Members of 
the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

In presenting my report, may I first express my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for the honour conferred upon me by the com- 
panions of Toronto District 8A, in electing me to the high office of 
Grand Superintendent, also my appreciation to the Grand First 
Principal Most Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts for his confir- 
mation of my election. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. Frank E. Johnson as 
my secretary, for his untiring efforts, I offer my sincerest apprecia- 
tion. His whole-hearted co-operation and advice on all matters 
incumbent upon my office, and the faithfulness with which he 
carried out his duties were most helpful. 

To all present and past Grand Chapter Officers and Past 
Principals of the District, I express my sincere thanks for their 
assistance, counsel, and support so graciously extended me during 
my tenure of office. 

May I at this time also express my personal gratitude to the 
Grand Scribe "E" for his co-operation, advice, and guidance during 
the period of my office as Grand Superintendent. 

Following the instructions of Grand Chapter, I called a district 
meeting which was held in College St. Temple, Friday, May 12th, 
1950 with all Chapters having representatives in attendance. Busi- 
ness relative to the District was discussed, and a general explanation 
and discussion of Masonic education and instruction took place, 
also at this meeting the schedule of my visits of inspection was 
arranged as follows: 

June 13 Shekinah Chapter, No. 138, Toronto 
Ulster Chapter, No. 219, Toronto 
Peel Chapter, No. 195, Brampton 
Oakwood Chapter, No. 233, Toronto 
The. St. Clair Chapter, No. 231, Toronto 
Occident Chapter, No. 77, Toronto 
Lebanon Chapter, No. 220, Lambton Mills. 
Humber Chapter, No. 246, Weston. 



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Port Credit Chapter, No. 230, Port Credit. 
Mimico Chapter, No. 215, Mimico 
Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 212, Toronto 
Toronto Antiquity Chapter, No. 91, Toronto 
King Cyrus Chapter, No. 232, Toronto. 

My Reports submitted to the Grand Scribe "E" will indicate 
that the Degrees were conferred by the various Chapters Officers 
very ably, and I was glad to note the uniformity which now prevails 
because of the use of the "Manual of Instructions," which if con- 
tinued cannot help but bring about increased efficiency on all the 
officers of the Chapters and a better understanding of the lessons 
of the Degrees. 

On all my visits, I was received most cordially, as the repre- 
sentative of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal. There 
was a warmth and depth of feeling displayed on all my visits, and 
an outward expression of Loyalty to Grand Chapter which made 
my visits very pleasant, and to each First Principal of the District 
I sent a copy of my report to the Grand First Principal with a letter 
of encouragement and suggestions to aid their respective Chapters. 

This has been a good year for Royal Arch Masonry, every 
Chapter in the district have had a number of new members and 
the candidates were exceptionally fine men. 

Ex. Comp. Frank E. Johnson my secretary reports that the 
books and records of all Chapters in the District are well kept and 
up-to date and that information requested was readily available. 
He also reports that a Healthy financial condition prevails and 
that the average attendance is increasing. 

Schools of Instructions were held at Occident Chapter, No. 77 
for the M.M.M. Degree Friday, Feb. 9th, 1951. Humber Chapter, 
No. 246 to confer the M.E.M. Degree February 16th, 1951. Oak- 
wood Chapter, No. 233 to confer H.R.A. Degree, this degree was 
conferred March 7th by First Principals of 1950, and all three Chap- 
ters are to be complimented. 

I also attended eleven of the thirteen Chapters, at their Instal- 
lations and Investiture of Officers, and I wish to congratulate the 
Present and Past Grand Chapter Officers, and Past Principals, who 
conducted the Installation ceremonies, in a very capable and 
efficient manner, I had the pleasure of attending King Cyrus Chap- 



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ter Installation and it was my Happy privilege on behalf of the 
Grand Chapter to present V. Ex. Comp. Fred Powers with his 25 
years Past Z Jewel, on November 1st when I made my Official visit 
to Mimico Chapter the Chapter gave me the privilege on behalf 
of the Chapter of presenting a gift from the Chapter to Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Joe Shelley on his 86th birthday, which was on that very day. 

A District Divine Church Service was held at St. Chad's Angli- 
can Church, Dufferin Street, on Sunday evening, November 26th, 
when the Rector Rev. G. H. Johnson, D.D., preached an excellent 
sermon, on "Foundations," a large number of the Companions from 
District 8, also attended. 

On November 8th and November 9th I had the pleasure of 
attending with the Grand First Principal and Grand Chapter 
Officers the dedication of the Chapter Room of Prince Edward 
Chapter, No. 218, Shelburne and the Chapter Room of Caledonia 
Chapter, No. 236, Caledonia, Ont., on November 10th I also attend- 
ed York Chapter, No. 62, when the Grand First Principal and 
Grand Chapter Officers honoured the Grand Master Most Wor- 
shipful Bro. J. P. Maher by advancing him from a Companion to a 
Past Principal of York Chapter. 

I was most pleased to accept and fulfil to the best of my ability 
the many gracious invitations extended to me by various Chapters, 
and was encouraged by the large attendance and enthusiasm for 
Royal Arch Masonry which permeates in the two Toronto Districts, 
I should at this time like to express my sincere thanks to Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Thomas Mason, Grand Superintendent District, No. 8, for 
his co-operation and mutual understanding between the two dis- 
tricts 8, and 8A. This co-operation was most evident on the even- 
ing of February 7th, 1951, when District 8 and 8A tendered a 
reception to Most Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, under the 
leadership of Rt. Ex. Comp. Thomas Mason and myself. On this 
occasion, the Companions, by their large attendance, exemplified in 
a most impressive manner, the deep and sincere feeling they hold 
for Most Ex. Comp. Pitts. This reception will be remembered by 
me as one of the most delightful experiences as a Grand Superin- 
tendent. In my respectful opinion it did much to add enthusiasm 
to the Royal Craft in the two Toronto Districts. 

The Royal Arch Masons Welfare Committee has again com- 
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mothers and children and of the veterans at the "Red Chevron" 
Soldiers' Home is worthy of the support of every Royal Arch Mason, 
I would be most ungrateful if I did not express my personal thanks 
and those of the District, for the work accomplished by this 
committe. 

I am most appreciative and express thanks to the Principals 
Association for the co-operation I have received, which of course 
comprises the Principals and Past Principals of the Toronto area, 
and who have made contributions not only to their respective 
Chapters but to the Royal Craft generally. 

I have visited every Chapter at least twice, and it is with pride 
and pleasure that I report a satisfactory situation in the District. 

In conclusion, I express my very deep feeling of gratification 
to all Chapters for the kindness and co-operation which has been 
extended to me at all times. This has been a constant source of in- 
spiration and has done much towards enabling me to give the dist- 
rict the best possible service commensurate with my abilities and 
qualifications. 

I extend congratulations to my successor and bespeak for him 
the same co-operation and kindnesses I have enjoyed, and assure 
him of my support any time he may feel it desirable to call upon me. 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT, NO. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Russell H. Davidson, Collingwood, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have pleasure in submitting my report as the Grand Super- 
intendent of Georgian District, No. 9, for the year 1950. 

May I express my appreciation to the Past Principals, Princi- 
pals and Companions of the District for the honour conferred upon 
me and to the Grand First Principal in confirming my appointment. 

My first pleasant duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. G. H. Finn as 
my secretary, who very ably assisted at all visits to the various 
Chapters and with other details. My sincere thanks to him for 
assistance throughout the year. 

A District meeting of Principals, Past Principals and Officers 
was called at Stayner on the evening of June 8th. After enjoying 



88 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

dinner the meeting considered the instructions and suggestions as 
required by Grand Chapter. The interest in the discussion that 
followed indicated that the meeting was very beneficial. There 
was a splendid attendance and all but one Chapter was represented. 

The most outstanding event of the year was the visit of Most 
Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, Grand First Principal to Georgian District 
on October 31st, when a record attendance of Companions and 
Brethern attended a reception held in Collingwood. The gather- 
ing was very impressive and the address given by Most Ex. Comp. 
C. M. Pitts was greatly enjoyed and a source of great inspiration 
to all members and visitors. The Grand First Principal presented 
a 50 year Service Jewel to Comp. Francis James Davis, of Toronto 
and delegated V. Ex. Comp. C. J. Baxendale to present a similar 
Jewel to Comp. Joseph K. McLaughlan of Owen Sound who was 
unavoidably absent. 

My visits of inspection were made as follows: 

Couchiching Chapter, No. 198, Orillia 
Signet Chapter, No. 34, Barrie 
Georgian Chapter, No. 56, Owen Sound 
Amabel Chapter, No. 131, Wiarton 
Manitou Chapter, No. 27, Collingwood 
Kichikewana Chapter, No. 167, Midland. 

I was properly received on all these occasions and will always 
have happy memories of the several visits. The spirit of companion- 
ship which prevailed at all meetings was commendable. Degree 
work was exemplified in all Chapters at the time of my visit and was 
well done. 

All Chapters are receiving applications for advancement. There 
is a strong spirit of harmony in the District and on the whole, the 
future of Capitular Masonry in Georgian District looks very bright 
indeed. 

Five Chapters in this District have lost members through death, 
and I extend to these and the bereaved relatives my sincere 
sympathy. 

The splendid work of my predecessors is evident in this District. 

In conclusion, I wish to express my thanks to all the Chapters 
for their hospitality and co-operation during my term of office and 



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in particular to the Officers and Companions of Manitou Chapter 
who loyally accompanied me and provided transportation on every 
occasion. 

I wish my successor every success, a full measure of fellowship 
and co-operation as he proceeds to interpret and build higher the 
great principles of the Royal Craft among the Companions. 

ONTARIO DISTRICT, NO. 10 

Rt. Ex. Comp. William H. Brady, Campbellford, Ontario. 
Grand Superintendent. 

In presenting the report on Royal Arch Masonry in Ontario 
District, No. 10, I wish first to express my deep appreciation to the 
Companions of the District for my election, and to the Most Excel- 
lent Companion Clarence MacLeod Pitts, Grand First Principal, 
for his confirmation. 

My appointment of Ex. Comp. Edward J. Wilmink as District 
Secretary, has proven a happy one. He has been a most faithful, 
and efficient Secretary and his advice and assistance invaluable. 

On June 16th, a meeting was held in Peterboro, at the home 
of Ex. Comp. S. Shields. The Officers attending were from Midland 
Chapter, Lindsay; Ionic Chapter, Campbellford; and Corinthian 
Chapter, Peterboro. Open discussion on prevailing Chapter prob- 
lems were freely indulged in, and instructions from the Grand 
Chapter Counsel were passed on. We are indeed most grateful to 
Ex. Comp. Shields and Mrs. Shields for their kindness in the sharing 
of their home for this meeting and for the sumptuous lunch served 
to those present. 

On the 21st of June another meeting was held in the Masonic 
Temple in Oshawa for the benefit of the Officers, Past Principals 
and Companions of Keystone Chapter, Whitby, and Pentalpha 
Chapter, Oshawa. This meeting was well attended and considered 
a decided success. 

The third meeting for the Chapter of Instructions was held 
on June 28th, in Colborne with Companions present from Wark- 
worth Chapter, Warkworth; St. John's Chapter, Cobourg; Victoria 
Chapter, Port Hope; Palestine Chapter, Bowmanville; Excelsior 
Chapter, Colborne; and Ionic Chapter, Campbellford. 



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It was my privilege to inspect all the Chapters in the District 
and to receive from the Officers and Companions the welcome due 
and accorded to the representative of the Grand First Principal. 

I witnessed the conferring of a degree at each inspection and 
with few exceptions, I found that the Officers were sincere and very 
conscientious in the performance of their duties. We are particu- 
larity thankful for the assistance so freely given by the Past Princi- 
pals of the various Chapters. 

King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington, and Wark worth 
Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth, have had their difficulties, and I am 
pleased to mention that the Officers of both Chapters are reporting 
some definite progress. 

The following is a record of the Inspection Visits in 1950: 

Pentalpha Chapter, No. 28, Oshawa. 
Keystone Chapter, No. 35, Whitby. 
Victoria Chapter, No. 37, Port Hope. 
Palestine Chapter, No. 249, Bowmanville. 
Midland Chapter, No. 94, Lindsay. 
St. John's Chapter, No. 48, Cobourg. 
Excelsior Chapter, No. 45, Colborne. 
Warkworth Chapter, No. 110, Warkworth. 
King Darius Chapter, No. 134, Cannington. 
Ionic Chapter, No. 168, Campbellford. 
Corinthian Chapter, No. 36, Peterboro. 

On all of my visits, I particularly mentioned to the Companions 
the need for an increase in attendance at our Convocations. 

I am especially grateful to the Companions of Ionic Chapter 
for their loyal support in accompanying me on my visits. 

I wish to express my thanks to the Past Rt. Ex. Grand Superin- 
tendents, the Officers and Companions of all Chapters of Ontario 
District, No. 10, and many others for their kindness and Com- 
panionship which has meant so much to me during my term. 

May I, in conclusion, offer to the Companions of each Chapter, 
my best wishes for their future success and may my successor be 
received with the same courtesies during his term of office as 
I received during mine. 



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PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, NO. 11 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Gordon W. Bailey, Stirling, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

I have the honour to submit my report of Prince Edward 
District, No. 11, for the past year. I can assure you that it affords 
me much pleasure to state that I feel quite confident that this 
district will compare favourably with any in your Jurisdiction for 
enthusiasm, consequent prosperity, and perfection in work. 

I wish first to express my very sincere thanks to the Com- 
panions of Prince Edward District for the honour conferred upon 
me in electing me to the office of Grand Superintendent. My year 
as the representative of the Grand First Principal has been not 
only one of great pleasure to myself but also a very real source of 
instruction and inspiration. 

One of my first duties after assuming office was to appoint 
Ex. Comp. Harper Rollins as District Secretary. He accompanied 
me on my official visits, and to him I tender my most grateful 
thanks for his untiring efforts in prosecuting the duties of that 
office. His assistance has materially lessened my official duties by his 
careful scrutiny of the Scribes' Ezra books in each Chapter visited, 
and by his reports thereon. 

I was enabled to visit each Chapter at least once and some of 
them twice. On every occasion the interest and enthusiasm was 
very gratifying indeed. The Companions, both individually and 
as Chapters, did their utmost to make my visits pleasant in every 
way. 

The general condition of Capitular Masonry in the District is 
excellent indeed, one of the most gratfying features being the fact 
that not only is the increase numerical, but also the type of candi- 
dates received into the Chapters is of the best type of manhood in 
our land. Never before has Capitular Masonry needed such a type 
of manhood as it does now. 

On May 10, 1950, a meeting of instruction was held in the 
Masonic Hall at Stirling, to which I invited the First Principals 
and the Immediate Past Grand Superintendent of the District. At 
this meeting we read and discussed the recommendations of the 
Most Ex. the Grand Z, and arranged dates for the inspection visits 
and a suitable date for Divine Service. 



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The following is a record of the Inspection Visits: 

Mount Sinai Chapter, No. 44, Napanee. 

St. Mark's Chapter, No. 26, Trenton. 

Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton 

Presqu'ile Chapter, No. 144, Brighton. 

Madoc Chapter, No. 161, Madoc 

Moira Chapter, No. 7, Belleville. 

Quinte Friendship Chapter, No. 227, Belleville. 

Keystone Chapter, No. 72, Stirling. 

On May 25, Prince Edward Chapter, No. 31, Picton, visited 
Keystone Chapter and exemplified the H.R.A. Degree in such an 
impressive manner that a candidate could not help being impressed. 
They also lifted the Travelling Triangle. 

On June 10, St. George's Chapter, No. 5, London, accompanied 
by Rt. Ex. Comp. A. Cavanagh, Grand Superintendent of London 
District, No. 2, paid a fraternal visit to Quinte Friendship Chapter, 
Belleville. The Royal Arch Degree was worked by the First Princi- 
pal and Officers of St. George's Chapter, after which a banquet 
was held in the banquet hall. 

On June 21, at my official visit at the Mount Sinai Chapter, 
No. 44, Napanee, I had the honour to present Ex. Comp. D. R. 
Sharpe with his 25-year Past Principal's Jewel. 

On Sept. 17 in the Presbyterian Church, Stirling at 11 a.m. our 
District Divine Service was held. This service was conducted by 
the Rev. W. H. V. Walker, who took as his text, "A Wise Master 
Builder." 

On March 12, as representative of the Grand Z I attended the 
funeral of the late Rt. Ex. Comp. J. C. Cooper of Picton. 

The Moira and the Quinte Friendship Chapters of Belleville 
will dedicate their new Chapter rooms on April 9, 1951. At the 
time of preparing my report it is hoped that Most Ex. Comp. Pitts 
and Grand Chapter Officers will be present. 

In conclusion, I desire to express my gratitude to the Grand 
Z, the Grand Scribe E, and Rt. Ex. Comp. Roy Anderson, immedi- 
ate Past Grand Superintendent of the District, for the courteous 
manner in which I have been treated by them; and for their assist- 
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assistance I should have been at a loss many times, but they always 
came to my assistance. I desire to thank also those Companions 
who so kindly accompanied me on the occasions of my official visits. 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, NO. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Clinton A. Markell, Cornwall, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with pleasure that I submit to you and for your approval 
my official report together with the Annual Statistical which, with 
the reports of inspection previously forwarded to the Grand Scribe 
E, sets forth in detail the conditions of the Chapters in St. Lawrence 
District, No. 12. 

May I at the outset express to the Companions of the various 
Chapters whose kind consideration, was responsible for my election 
of Grand Superintendent for this district, my most grateful appreci- 
ation, and to the Most Excellent First Principal, Clarence MacLeod 
Pitts, for his confirmation of same. 

My first duty was to appoint Excellent Companion Robert 
Armstrong as Secretary, who accompanied me on all my official 
visits and to him I owe my sincere thanks for his able assistance. 

I am pleased to state that on every occasion of my inspection 
visits the First Principal occupied the chair and carried out his 
duties in a dignified manner. They also appeared to realize the 
honour does not consist in merely occupying the chair in the East, 
but rather in fulfilling the office by the faithful performance of 
its duties. 

My Official Visits were as follows: 

Sussex - St. Lawrence Chapter, No. 59, Brockville. 

Grenville Chapter, No. 22, Prescott. 

Ancient Frontenac and Cataraqui Chapter, No. 1, 

Kingston. 

Leeds Chapter, No. 132, Gananoque. 

Maitland Chapter, No. 68, Kemptville. 

Covenant Chapter, No. 113, Cornwall. 

St. John's Chapter, No. 112, Morrisburg 

The secretarial work of the Chapters is in good hands. I found 
these officers most obliging, ready to answer correspondence 



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promptly and in all Chapters found the books neatly kept and in 
good condition. 

On January 19th, I had the pleasure of installing the Officers 
in St. John's Chapter and if their enthusiasm is any indication of 
their interest in their Chapter they will have a very successful year. 

I would like to express my appreciation to the Companions 
who accompanied me on my visits and to those Companions who 
attended from Sister Chapters. 

In conclusion I wish to thank the Past Grand Superintendents 
for their wise counsel and advice and to all the Companions in the 
district who have contributed in making this year a memorable 
one for me. 

OTTAWA DISTRICT NO. 13 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Clarence A. Bailey, Smith Falls, Ontario 
Grand Superintendent 

It is with extreme pleasure that I submit my report on the con- 
ditions of Capitular Masonry in the Ottawa District, No. 13. Let 
me first express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Past 
Principals and Principals of the District for the honour conferred 
on me in electing me as their Grand Superintendent. I. also wish 
to thank M. Ex. Comp. Pitts, Grand Z., for his confirmation. 

My first official duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. W. E. Bennett 
as District Secretary and Ex. Comp. Rev. C. E. Armstrong as District 
Chaplain. While the duties of the Chaplain were not very arduous, 
the Secretary accompanied me on most of my visits and has been 
most courteous, conscientious and co-operative in performing the 
duties of that office. I thank them both for their efforts. 

It was with sincere regret that the Companions of the District 
learned of the passing of Rt. Ex. Comp. John Middleton, my pre- 
decessor in office, to the Grand Chapter above, just ten days after 
he relinquished office. We all mourn his loss. 

On instructions from Grand Chapter any first concern was to 
hold a Chapter of Instruction for the Principals and Past Principals. 
Realizing that the Ottawa District is a large one both from a num- 
erical and a geographical standpoint, having twelve Chapters, and 
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along the Ottawa River I foresaw the difficulty of securing good or 
full representation of the officers of the Chapters at any one centre 
for the purpose of holding a Chapter of Instruction owing to dis- 
tance. I therefore decided to divide the District into smaller areas 
and to hold meetings in each one. I made my visits on the evenings 
of regular Convocations when degrees were conferred and at the 
close held a period of Instruction with discussion on Chapter 
procedure and conveyed to the Companions assembled the greetings 
and wishes of the Most Excellent, the Grand First Principal. For 
this purpose Bonnechere Chapter was host to Laurentian and Do- 
chert Chapters, Glengarry Chapter was host to St. John's and 
Kitchener Chapters, Carleton Chapter was host to Ottawa Chapter 
and St. Francis Chapter was host to Prince of Wales, Granite and 
Maple Chapters. I wish to thank the Chapters concerned for the 
kindness shown me in placing their Chapter Room at my disposal 
for this purpose. By this plan I was able to contact nearly all 
the Principals and Past Principals of the various Chapters. I feel 
that much good was accomplished in unifying the work and making 
good Companionship. In our discussions I emphasized the need of 
the following: increased membership, suitable committees working 
in co-operation with each other, correct ritual and adherence to the 
manual of instructions as set forth by Grand Chapter. As this 
manual is not always passed on to the newer Principals I would 
suggest that some provision be made for providing them with a 
copy. 

On May 8th it was my happy privilege to attend the Dedication 
Ceremony of Maitland Chapter in Kemptville, to witness and to 
have a part in that impressive ceremony along with M. Ex. Comp. 
Pitts, Rt. Ex. Comps. Taylor, Grand J and Johnson, Grand S.E. 

On May 21st over one hundred Companions of the District 
attended Divine Service at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Smiths 
Falls. It was my privilege to read one of the lessons. 

On each of my twelve official visits of inspection I was given a 
very warm welcome and your representative was received in due 
and proper form in each Chapter. Ten of the twelve Chapters put 
on degree work which in nearly every case was of a very high order 
with the officers interpreting the ritual to the candidates in a very 
efficient manner. In each Chapter room I was afforded the oppor- 
tunity of speaking to the Companions. During my remarks I tried 
to point out to the Companions a lesson to be learned from the 



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degree just previously conferred. I also endeavoured to impress 
upon the various Chapters the necessity of bringing into our 
membership all those of our Craft Brethren who appreciate Craft 
Masonry for its high moral teachings, for its way of life and the 
associations it offers in this busy materialistic world. In order to 
bind together the associations between Craft Lodges and Chapters 
so that no Master Mason would be unaware of the fact that the R.A. 
degree is the completion of the Master Mason's degree I suggested 
that Chapters visit Craft Lodges and there confer a Craft degree. 
Just as it is not possible for a man to live unto himself so it is not 
possible for a Chapter to stand aloof and cultivate anything but a 
soured interest in its sister bodies. In view of this I urged Chapters 
to visit other Chapters as far as possible. 

In attempting to promote the subject of Masonic Education, 
your Grand Superintendent, at each of his official visits, spoke at the 
banquet hour on some aspect of Masonry. It was my desire to 
impart to the Companions some knowledge of the great heritage 
which is our privilege to enjoy in Royal Arch Masonry. 

On the occasion of my visit to Carleton Chapter an added 
pleasure was afforded me in that I was asked to present Grand 
Chapter regalia to V. Ex. Comp. A. Casselman, C. Flatters and 
S. Steeves, whom the Grand First Principal had seen fit to reward 
for their service to Capitular Masonry. It was also a great pleasure 
to be a guest of this Chapter on the occasions of their inter-Chapter 
visits with Fairmont Chapter in Montreal. I commend this practice 
very highly as it does much to cement the ties of Masonry between 
sister Jurisdictions. 

The Companions of Granite and St. Francis Chapters accorded 
me the privilege of installing their officers for the year 1951. On 
both occasions I was ably assisted by my capable Secretary. 

During the year two events stand out. On November 24th St. 
Francis Chapter was host for a Reception and Banquet for the 
M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts. Coming as it did at the close of my official 
visits it afforded the Companions of the District an opportunity of 
coming into a close relationship with our Grand Z so that together 
we might consolidate and extend the interest in Capitular Masonry. 
On February 24th, Ottawa and Carleton Chapters were joint hosts 
for a District Reception and Banquet for the Grand Z prior to his 
retirement from that exalted office. In the afternoon the degree of 



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the H.R.A. was conferred on 29 candidates of the district by Past 
Grand Superintendents assisted by the Grand First Principal. It 
was my privilege to occupy the chair of Haggai. In the evening 
about three hundred Masons partook of a banquet. The Grand 
First Principal gave us a very inspiring and uplifting address. 

It is with regret that I report that Kitchener Chapter at Russell 
has been able to hold only one Convocation during the year. As 
many of the Companions have moved to other centres they find it 
increasingly difficult to carry on. I have offered them some sug- 
gestions but as yet no progress has been made. I shall strive to do 
all I can to have that Chapter once again become active. 

It was with considerable reluctance and apprehension that I 
assumed the manifold duties of a Grand Superintendent. However, 
the continued support and assistance that has been my pleasure to 
receive throughout my term of office, has reduced, what at first 
appeared to be a mountainous task, to a labour of love. May I 
here record my debt of gratitude to the many Companions who 
accompanied me on my visits of inspections and by their kindly 
counsel guided me in the discharge of the duties incumbent on the 
office. My special thanks go to the Companions of my own Chapter 
who accorded me w r onderful support and to Rt. Ex. Comp. McDiar- 
mid who gave unsparingly of his time to the cause of Capitular 
Masonry. 

I would suggest that those charged with the responsibility of 
governing and directing Chapters make sure that each Convocation 
is well planned, and that Officers, and others are advised, well in 
advance, of the work which will be required of them. Equal care 
should be given to the period of refreshment, bearing in mind the 
opportunity that it affords by profit and pleasure of a social and 
educational nature. Every Companion must be made to feel that 
every Masonic gathering is an occasion where good fellowship 
abounds and where the cares of the day may be cast aside, so much 
so that he will count his absence a distinct loss. 

In serving as your Grand Superintendent I have been broaden- 
ed and enriched by the wealth of affectionate friendship that have 
come to me. I have met the responsibilities and discharged the 
duties to the best of my ability. I sincerely trust that my humble 
endeavours to perform the important duties connected with this 
honourable office have met with the approval of the Companions 



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of the District and that their confidence in me has not been 
misplaced. 

ALGOMA DISTRICT, NO. 14 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Herbert S. Cade, Kenora, Ontario. 
Grand Superintendent. 

I am happy to submit this, my report on Capitular Masonry 
for this district, and at the same time, thank every Companion for 
their election and support, their fine encouragement, and our deep 
appreciation to Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, for confirming me in 
office. 

This, I trust, will be the happiest report in our book, for it 
most certainly reflects the present attitude towards Freemasonry 
throughout this vast district. 

My first official act, was to appoint a District Chap, and a 
Secretary, which did not turn out so good, one being immediately 
transferred about 1500 miles west, and the other, sent way down east. 

Realizing I had to do all my own arranging, I started out, first 
to writing letters, then to studying, and, we had so many splendid 
meetings, that, each one we went to was The Best. 

Beginning with Golden Chapter, No. 90, my mother Chapter, 
on September 27, 1950, we had a fine evening of M.E.M. work, 
which is always put on by our regular officers, my progress around 
the district was, Atwood Chapter, No. 149, Rainy River, October 
19th, Alberton, No. 152, Fort Francis, November 14, 1950. Shuniah, 
No. 82, Port Arthur, November 15, 1950, Fort William Chapter, at 
Fort William, No. 140, then Golden Star Chapter, No. 254, Dryden, 
Ont., our youngest and the most enthusiastic-to-be-chapter in these 
parts. We have watched Dryden, like Our Lord watched Jerusalem, 
but with better results, for now, eager young officers, have stepped 
into every office, special permissions given, for senior expert Coun- 
cillors. Sincerity is the magnet, and Masonic knowledge their 
present aim. Ex. Comp. Geo. Noble remarked on the station at 
4 a.m. I like them, its worth it. 

As you see, we have only six chapters in this district, but one 
travels the most part of 2480 miles to reach them, and its really 
wonderful, I remember the same grand innermost feeling, when I 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 99 

was our last Algoma D.D.G.M. I never saw an officer, who did not 
know his work, nor a Scribe, but whose books were, neatness its self 
to behold, nor a Temple or Chapter-room, that was not able to give 
me such a lift, that when you walked across the sacred floor, in the 
city, or country places, in the quiet, you heard the same whispers, 
as in the most Holy of Gods Places, "Expert Workmen" "Try Us" 
True Friends." 

On every visit, I was not only "Properly Received" but "Warm- 
ly Welcomed." Oh yes, Capitular Masonry here, is now being 
nourished by the cool waters of friendship and understanding to 
the end that someday, the sweet smell of our presence will be met 
in every portion of this district, as young men, forging forward 
and upward, and leaving behind every aspect of that ponderous 
dignity, that stifles, listen to those wonderful stories of the Temple, 
when you can FEEL the hush, and the knowledge wells up inside 
you— "That of your seeds sown, some must inevitably fall into 
good ground — Then happy indeed the sower. 

NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. E. G. Drew, 466 Wellington St. E., 
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Grand Superintendent 

It is with a great pleasure I present to you my report on the 
condition of Royal Arch Masonry in New Ontario District, No. 15. 

I first wish to express my appreciation to the Officers and Com- 
panions of this District who so kindly elected me to the high office 
of Grand Superintendent, and to the Grand First Principal M. Ex. 
Comp. C. M. Pitts, for his approval of my appointment. 

My first duty was to appoint Ex. Comp. William Shiells, as my 
secretary who accompanied me on all of my official visits. For the 
efficient and conscientious performance of his duty I owe him my 
sincere thanks. 

In every Chapter I was received with the dignity befitting the 
representative of the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, and 
was most hospitably entertained. 

On October 6th, it was my great privilege to visit my Mother 
Lodge Algonquin Chapter 102, Sault Ste. Marie, and was ac- 
compied into the Chapter by three Past Grand Superintendents. 



100 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

On November 2nd, it was my privilege to be received on my 
Official Visit to St. John's Chapter No. 103, North Bay. 

On December 12th, it was my pleasure to be received on my 
Official Visit to Tuscan Chapter, No. 95, Sudbury. 

On January 12th, I installed the Officers of Algonquin Chapter 
102, at the request of the First Principal. 

In all cases the work of the evening was exemplified in a very 
creditable manner. 

It is gratifying to report that in my opinion the condition of 
Capitular Masonry in New Ontario District, No. 15, is very en- 
couraging. In every Chapter visited there was evidence of sincere 
effort and apparent results from conscientious effort of all Officers 
past and present. This is undoubtedly the reason for all these 
Chapters being in a healthy condition both financially and 
fraternally. 

My message to the Companions of this District dealt with 
the principles and fraternal relations of Royal Arch Masonry. 

With regard to Pembroke Chapter of Mattawa, Ontario; on 
the advice of Rt. Ex. Companions, who were in closer touch with 
this Chapter and who had attempted to get their Chapter active 
it was decided on recommendation of Rt. Ex. Companions, to give 
this Chapter another year. 

My year has been all too short but it has been a very pleasant 
and enjoyable one and I regret owing to the great distance separat- 
ing the various Chapters that I was unable to visit with them more 
frequently. 

It has been a great privilege to me to serve as Grand Superin- 
tendent of New Ontario District, No. 15, and I sincerely appreciate 
the co-operation of all the Ex. Companions, during my term of 
office. 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, NO. 16 

Rt. Ex. Comp. Roy Allen Bilbrough, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

Grand Superintendent 

It affords me great pleasure to submit my report on Royal 
Arch Masonry, in Temiskaming District, No. 16. 



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May I express my sincere appreciation to the Companions of 
Temiskaming District for the confidence placed in me and the 
honor conferred on me, by electing me to the office of Grand 
Superintendent, and to the Most Excellent Companion Clarence 
M. Pitts, for his confirmation of my election. 

Due to the severe winters in the North Country, it was neces- 
sary for me to complete my visits officially before the New Year, as 
winter travelling is hazardous, by motor. 

Visits of inspection were made as follows: 

Northern Lights Chapter, No. 213, Timmins, Ont. 
Abitibi Chapter, No. 223, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 
Temiskaming Chapter, No. 169, New Liskeard, Ont. 
Kirkland Chapter, No. 251, Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
Cobalt Chapter, No. 203, Cobalt, Ont. 

I was accompanied on all my visits by Companions and Past 
Principals of Kirkland Chapter. To these may I extend my most 
sincere thanks. May I also take this opportunity of thanking most 
sincerely my District Secretary, Ex. Comp. Kenneth Griffin, who 
accompanied me on all my visits and was unfailing in courtesy 
and advice. 

On every occasion I was received in the most kind and court- 
eous manner and a typical Northern welcome extended to my 
retinue. On these visits I witnessed all three degrees in Royal Arch 
Masonry at the various Chapters and in all cases the work was put 
on in a very competent manner. 

In November the District was honored by a visit of the Grand 
First Principal, Most Excellent Companion Clarence M. Pitts. Due 
to press of time only one day could be allotted to this visit, hence a 
joint meeting of all the Chapters of the district was held at Kirk- 
land Lake. 

A most inspiring address was given by the Grand First Princi- 
pal. We feel that it is unfortunate that we, so far North have not 
the opportunity of listening and meeting men of this calibre more 
often, as contacts with such as he, leave an indelible memory. 

This district is fortunate in that the Past Principles are a 
tower of strength to their respective chapters. Capitular Masonry 



102 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

is in very good condition in this District. While there may be 
no large increases in the rolls, membership continues to grow. 

All Chapters exhibit a fine spirit of friendship both in and 
out of the Chapter rooms, which, after all, is Masonry in its truest 
form. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved,— That the reports of the Grand Superintendents of the Districts 
be referred to the Committee on Condition of Capitular Masonry, to report 
later at this Convocation. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS PRESENTED 

R. Ex. Comp. Lowell B. Boyle St. Clair District No. i 

R. Ex. Comp. Abraham Cavanagh London District No. 2 

R. Ex. Comp. Francis MacD. Reid Wilson District No. 3 

R. Ex. Comp. F. Carl Ackert Wellington District No. 4 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles Pepper Hamilton District No. 5 

R. Ex. Comp. William F. Elliot Huron District 6 

R. Ex. Comp. Thomas J. Mason Toronto East District No. 8 

R. Ex. Comp. William E. Gardner Toronto West District No. 8A 

R. Ex. Comp. Russell H. Davidson Georgian District No. 9 

R. Ex. Comp. Wm. H. Brady Ontario District No. 10 

R. Ex. Comp. Gordon Wm. Bailey Prince Edward District No. 11 

R. Ex. Comp. Clinton A. Markell St. Lawrence District No. 12 

R. Ex. Comp. Glarence A. Bailey Ottawa District No. 13 

R. Ex. Comp. Herbert S. Cade Algoma District No. 14 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest G. Drew New Ontario District No. 15 

R. Ex. Comp. Roy A. Bilbrough Temiskaming District No. 16 

Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, expressed his thanks to each Grand 
Superintendent and stated that he was well pleased with each of 
his official District Representatives. 

EXCERPTS FROM GRAND MASTER'S REMARKS 
Most Worshipful Brother and Ex. Companion James P. Maher 
of Toronto, Ontario, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge, A.F.&A.M. 
of Canada, in the Province of Ontario, expressed his appreciation 
for the kind and gracious welcome extended to him by Most Ex. 
Comp. C. M. Pitts, he made reference to the honor that was con- 
ferred on him when he was made an Ex. I.P.Z. of York Chapter, No. 
62, Toronto, Ontario, he also referred to the contacts he was con- 
tinually making with Companions of the Royal Arch Masonry in 



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other branches of Masonry, he congratulated the Grand Z on the 
large attendance of visiting delegates from Sister Jurisdictions and 
complimented Grand Chapter on the very large number present 
and extended his best wishes for success to the incoming officers. 

Grand Chapter was called from Labour at 12.45 p.m. 

Grand Chapter was called on at 2.15 p.m. 

SCRUTINEERS OBLIGATED 

Most Ex. Comp. Clarence M. L. Pitts, obligated the Scrutineers 
as to faithfully performing the duties of their office. 

GRAND TREASURER'S STATEMENT OF ACCOUNTS 

To the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

I submit herewith statement of receipts and disbursements for 
the period March 1st, 1950 - February 28th, 1951:- 

CREDITS 

Balance March 1st, 1950 $11,712.48 

Received from G.S.E 21,740.53 

Bank Interest 15.00 

$33,468.01 

DISBURSEMENTS 
Grand Scribe E's Office: 

Compensation G.S.E $ 3,000.00 

Office Assistant 1,500.00 

Miscellaneous 574.38 

Rent 814.92 

Audit Fee 400.00 

Printing— Proceedings 1,636.59 

-General 779.79 

Travelling Expenses-Grand Z 1,334.90 

—General 432.92 

Expenses— Grand Convocation 2,353.60 

—Grand Executive 666.05 

Jewels Engraving and Medals 1,094.69 

Sundry 244.57 

Rental Safety Deposit Box 7.00 

Masonic Library 125.00 

Gratuity— Office Assistant 25.00 

Conference Grand Chapters 601.80 

Transfer to Life Membership 470.69 

Transfer to Centennial Fund 250.00 

Transfer to Victory Thanks. Fund 281.75 

$16,593.65 

Purchased for Re-sale 2,917.08 

Investments 4,005.32 

6,922.40 23,516.05 



104 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Balance February 28th. 1951 $ 9,951.96 

Savings Bank Balance February 28, 1951 4,345.98 

Current Bank Balance February 28, 1951 5,849.93 

$10,195.91 
Less outstanding cheques 243.95 

$ 9,951.96 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

RECEIPTS 

Balance March 1st, 1950 $ 2,264.36 

Received from G.S.E 1,528.70 

Transfer from General Fund 281.75 

Bank Interest 23.19 

4,098.00 



DISBURSEMENTS 

Benevolent Grants 1,100.00 

Inspection 50.00 



1,150.00 



Balance February 28, 1951 $ 2,948.00 

Bank Balance 2,998.00 

O/S Cheque 50.00 



$ 2,948.00 



2,948.00 



GRAND CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

CREDITS 

Balance March 1, 1950 $ 62.98 

Received Grand Scribe E 1,300.00 

Bank Interest 4.55 



DEBIT 

Balance February 28, 1951 $ 1,367.53 



1,367.53 



1,367.53 1,367.53 



CHAPTERS' LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

CREDITS 

Transfer from General Fund $ 70.69 



Bank Interest 


DEBIT 




.16 


$ 


70.85 






70.85 


Balance February 28th, 1951 .... 
















$ 


70.85 






$ 


70.85 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 



105 



GRAND CHAPTER CENTENNIAL FUND 

CREDITS 

Transfer from General Fund $ 250.00 

Bank Interest .62 

$ 250.62 
DEBIT 

Balance February 28, 1951 $ 250.62 



$ 250.62 
Fraternally submitted, 



$ 250.62 



$ 250.62 



John M. Burden, 

Grand Treasurer. 



Examined and Verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and— 

Resolved,— That the Statement of the Grand Treasurer for the year 1950 be 
received and adopted. 



106 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE GRAND SCRIBE E. 



To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

I present herewith the Annual Report of Cash Receipts and 
Ledger Balances for the Fiscal Year ending February 28th, 1951, 
also comparative Statement of Membership for the past five years as 
of December 31st. 

MEMBERSHIP 



*mber 


31 


Increase 


Members 


sions 


ings 


ations 


drawals 


sions 


Deatl 


1946 


- 17624 


537 


4047 


1027 


69 


55 


130 


112 


372 


1947 


- 18456 


832 


4096 


1325 


79 


59 


136 


117 


378 


1948 


- 19319 


856 


4049 


1317 


107 


52 


132 


60 


428 


1949 


- 20060 


748 


3913 


1322 


86 


48 


154 


113 


441 


1950 


- 20649 


579 


3824 


1187 


100 


58 


199 


112 


455 



ANNUAL STATEMENT 



REVENUE ACCOUNT FOR THE YEAR 

March 1st, 1950, to February 28th, 1951 

No. Name of Chapter Amount 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui $ 294.63 

2. The Hiram 131.38 

3. St. John's, London 201.65 

4. St. Andrew & St. John 115.16 

5. St. George's 393.13 

6. St. John's, Hamilton 112.25 

7. The Moira 224.38 

8. King Solomon's 181.83 

15. Wawanosh 200.00 

16. Carleton 450.75 

18. Oxford 177.93 

19. Mount Moriah 198.93 

20. Mount Horeb 134.13 

22. Grenville 60.00 

23. Ezra 187.91 

24. Tecumseh 189.75 

26. St. Mark's 81.51 

27. Manitou 92.88 

28. Pentalpha 207.25 

29. McCallum 113.88 

30. Huron 113.82 

31. Prince Edward 217.15 



Debt. Credit 
Balance Balance 
$ 9.25 



3.37 



.63 



.60 



1.00 



1.15 
10.00 



10.00 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 107 

Amount Debt. Credit 

No. Name of Chapter Balance Balance 

32. Waterloo 120.00 

34. Signet 60.90 1.27 

35. Keystone 79.50 

36. Corinthian 285.63 

37. Victoria 90.93 3.00 

40. Guelph 148.78 

41. Harris 107.68 .38 

44. Mount Sinai 90.25 

45. Excelsior 56.13 3.50 

46. St. James 59.38 

47. Wellington 144.00 

48. St. John's, Cobourg 67.88 6.37 

53. Bruce 67.38 

54. Palestine 266.63 

55. Niagara 49.01 1.00 

56. Georgian 47.63 

57. King Hiram 68.13 .50 

58. Pembroke No transaction 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence 382.38 1.15 

61. Granite 72.13 

62. York 107.88 

63. Havelock 66.26 

64. Willson 151.00 .63 

65. St. Paul's 107.00 

66. The Malloch 57.38 1.13 

67. Enterprise 85.28 .90 

68. 'Maitland 92.13 2.50 

69. Grimsby 53.74 .50 

71. Prince of Wales 141.33 .98 

72. Keystone 62.25 

73. Erie 92.63 1.12 

74. Beaver 77.13 

75. St. Clair 50.50 

76. Mount Nebo 105.63 

77. Occident 232.65 

78. Minnewawa 95.37 

79. Orient 74.38 

80. Ark 220.38 

81. Aylmer 106.88 56.88 

82. Shuniah 252.63 

83. Ionic 73.63 

84. Lebanon 81.88 .12 

88. MacNabb 86.38 

90. Golden 198.35 112.85 

91. Toronto-Antiquity 194.68 2.50 

94. Midland 117.01 2.63 

95. Tuscan 212.63 1.00 

102. Algonquin 244.62 

103. St. John's, North Bay 89.13 

104. White Oak 83.00 

110. Warkworth 42.38 .37 

112. St. John's, Morrisburg 92.50 6.00 

113. Covenant 205.13 

114. Bonnechere 55.25 



108 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Amount Debt. Credit 

No. Name of Chapter Balance Balance 

115. Brant 110.38 

116. Maple 58.63 

117. Kitchener 157.50 5.63 

119. King Cyrus 125.00 

129. Elliott 

130. Chantry 

131. Amabel 

132. Leeds 

133. St. Francis 

134. King Darius 

135. Succoth 

138. Shekinah 

140. Fort William 

143. Glengarry 

144. Presqu'Ile 

145. The St. Patrick 

146. Bernard 

147. Lucknow 

148. St. John's. Vankleek Hill 

149. Atwood, Rainy River 

150. London 

151. Laurentian 

152. Alberton 

153. Sombra 

154. Klondike 

155. Ancaster 

161. Madoc 

163. The Beaches 

164. Lome 

167. Kitchikewana 

168. Ionic ' 

169. Temiskaming 

175. The Hamilton 

184. Hugh Murray 

195. Peel 

198. Couchiching 

203. Cobalt 

205. Victoria 

210. Kitchener 

212. Mount Sinai 

213. Northern Lights 

214. Vimy 

215. Mimico 

217. St. Albans 

218. Prince Edward 

219. Ulster 

220. Lebanon 

221. Durham 

222. Ottawa 

223. Abitibi 

224. Keystone 

225. Beaver 

226. Prince of Wales 

227. Quinte Friendship 



110.26 




10.37 


50.38 






69.86 






82.13 






156.56 




.25 


47.25 


85.50 




63.38 






168.16 






183.50 




2.99 


31.50 






45.46 


.08 




359.51 






94.76 




.75 


80.38 


.50 




76.50 




3.00 


45.75 






143.00 






104.88 






132.78 






100.26 






74.13 


11.75 




61.63 


6.63 




157.88 






83.75 






86.25 


52.00 




150.56 


25.00 




111.63 






93.50 




.01 


115.13 




.37 


63.26 






105.00 






140.38 


4.50 




71.00 


.38 




64.01 






24.75 


24.75 




178.01 


19.38 




67.26 


.38 




98.51 






92.00 




.75 


134.75 






86.50 




1.00 


81.28 




.15 


115.28 






20.63 


.38 




217.88 






50.88 




5.12 


103.63 




1.00 


97.01 


61.13 




143.01 






152.03 







ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 109 

Amount Debt. Credit 

No. Name of Chapter Balance Balance 

230. Port Credit 90.51 

231. The St. Clair 183.01 

232. King Cyrus 70.17 

233. Oakwood 69.13 

234. Halton 101.75 

235. Aurora 84.91 12.65 

236. Caledonia 89.88 

238. The St. Andrew 179.03 

239. Blenheim 83.00 

240. Smithville 45.13 

241. University 96.71 

242. St. Paul's 60.76 

243. McKay 83.38 4.50' 

245. Preston 59.63 4.13 

246. Humber 102.46 13.81 

247. Nilestown 97.28 .03 

248. Dochert 69.50 

249. Palestine 87.70 

250. Thomas Peters 244.74 1.00 

251. Kirkland 96.00 

252. Hiawatha 231.88 68.88 

253. Regal 78.63 

254. Golden Star 147.38 .60 

255. Tillsonburg 153.90 

256. Yukon 37.00 



$ 18,642.41 $584.85 $87.78 

Grand Chapter of Alberta 54.80 

Grand Chapter of British Columbia 205.00 

Grand Chapter of Manitoba 88.00 

Grand Chapter of Saskatchewan 100.00 

Grand Chapter of Quebec 50.00 

Grand Chapter of New Brunswick 22.00 12.00 

Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia 8.10 

Sundry Revenue 57.20 

Interest 1,845.00 

Bank Interest 15.00 



$21,087.51 $596.85 $87.78 



110 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

CASH RECEIPTS 

For Year Ending February 28, 1951 

Received from Chapters $19,583.63 

Received from Bank Interest 15.00 

Received from Interest on Investments 1,845.00 

Received from Sundries 30.00 

Received from Exchange .15 

Received from Interest L.M.F. Investments 281.75 



Accounts Receivable (Since Received) 

Chapters $436.16 

Sundries 25.00 



$21,755.53 

461.16 
$22,216.69 



Examined and Verified, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

To the Scribe E's of the Constituent Chapters my sincere thanks 
and appreciation for your assistance in this very trying year of 
changes in our system with the semi-annual Returns. I know you 
have endeavoured to assist in every way, and your spirit of co- 
operation is evinced in this my report. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 



z*W; 




Grand Scribe E. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Grand Scribe E. for the year 1950 be 
received and adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 111 

AUDITOR'S FINANCIAL STATEMENT 

To the Most Excellent Companion, Clarence MacLeod Pitts, Grand 

First Principal, Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of 

Canada, Temple Building, Toronto, Ontario. 

Most Excellent Sir: 

I present herewith my annual audit report of the Financial Af- 
fairs of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada for its 
fiscal year ended February 28, 1951, consisting of the following 
statements and my comments thereon: 

Exhibit "A" -Balance Sheet as at February 28, 1951. 

Exhibit "B" —Comparative Revenue and Expenditure Ac- 
count for the year ended February 28, 1951. 

Schedule "1" — The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 
as at February 28, 1951. 

Schedule "2" — The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 
as at February 28, 1951. 

Schedule "3" - Centennial Fund. As at February 28, 1951. 

Schedule "4" — The Chapters' Life Membership Fund as at 
February 28, 1951. 

COMMENTS 

The several bank balances set out in the attached statements 
were verified by the certificate of the depositary as at February 28, 
1951 and all of the bank transactions for the fiscal year ended on 
that date in each of these accounts were examined. 

The accounts receivable have been examined and those since 
paid have been indicated. From the information presently available 
it would appear that the reserve for uncollected accounts in the 
amount presently provided should prove adequate to cover probable 
losses. 

The investments of the several funds as listed in the attached 
statements were examined by me on March 16, 1951. They are held 
in the same location and custody as in preceding years. 



112 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

The transactions in the several Special Funds during the fiscal 
year ended February 28, 1951 and the component assets of each fund 
at that date are set out in Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively. 

The current liabilities as set out in Exhibit "A" are in accord- 
ance with the records of the Grand Scribe E and so far as I have 
been able to ascertain, all known liabilities were taken up in the 
books of account as at the close of business February 28, 1951. 

The actual revenue and expenditure for the fiscal year ended 
February 28, 1951, as shown by the books of account of the Grand 
Scribe E., and the budget for that fiscal year, as approved by Grand 
Chapter, are set out and compared in Exhibit "B." The Net Rev- 
enue for the year was considerably in excess of the anticipated 
amount. As its title implies, this statement is on an accrual basis 
and therefore not directly in congruity with those prepared on a 
cash basis although they have been reconciled by me. 

As in preceding years, I have examined the books of account of 
the Grand Scribe E., and of the Grand Treasurer on a quarterly 
basis. I have also examined and compared with the records of Grand 
Chapter, all of the semi-annual returns of the constituent Chapters. 

All of which is fraternally submitted, 

F. A. R. MacFadden, C.A. 

BALANCE SHEET 
ASSETS 

Current Assets: 

Petty Cash Fund $ 21.86 

Cash in Bank 9,951.96 

$9,973.82 

Due from Other Funds: 

Life Membership Fund-Grand Chapter 2,523.00 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 3.29 

2,526.29 

Accounts Receivable: 

Sundry (since Received) 25.00 

Chapters (since Received) 436.16 

Chapters 509.07 

970.23 

Less— Reserve for Uncollected Accounts .... 139.75 830.48 

Accrued Interest on Investments 515.00 $13,845.59 

Investments: 

Dominion of Canada-3%-1960 56,000.00 

Dominion of Canada-3%-1963 3,000.00 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 113 



Crown Trust and Guarantee Company 

— 3%— 1951 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario-3%-1977 4,000.00 



65,500.00 



Furniture and Fixtures 580.38 

Less— Reserve for Depreciation 376.64 

203.74 

Grand Chapter-Library 250.00 

Grand Council-Regalia 75.00 

Special Funds: 

The Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 

(Schedule "1") 57,140.11 

The Life Membership Fund— Grand Chapter 

(Schedule "2") 29,069.53 

Centennial Fund (Schedule "3") 500.62 

The Chapters' Life Membership Fund 

(Schedule "4") 67.56 

86,777.82 

$166,652.15 

FEBRUARY 28, 1951 
LIABILITIES 

Current Liabilities 

Due to Centennial Fund $ 250.00 

Accounts Payable (Including Unexpended Balances) .... 1,147.70 $1,397.70 

Reserves for Special Funds 86,777.82 

General Reserve: 

Balance-March 1, 1950 75,328.06 

Add— Adjustments Applicable to Prior Years 466.25 

—Net Revenue (Exhibit "B") 2,682.32 

78,476.63 



$166,652.15 



REVENUE 

Estimated Actual Balance over 

Revenue Revenue # or under 

Fees $ 3,300.00 $3,546.50 # $246.50 

Dues - Per Capita 12,000.00 12,510.16 # 510.16 

Life Membership Dues 2,900.00 2,868.00 32.00 

Dispensations 100.00 208.00 # 108.00 

Interest — on Investments 1,845.00 1,890.00 # 45.00 

Interest — on Bank Deposits 15.00 # 15.00 

TOTAL REVENUE ...] 20,145.00 21,037.66 # 892.66 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE 18,190.00 18,355.34 # 165.34 

NET REVENUE 1,955.00 2,682.32 # 727.32 



114 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



EXPENDITURE 



Estimated Actual Balance over 

Expenditure Expenditure # or under 

Grand Scribe E: 

Compensation $ 3,000.00 $3,000.00 

Office Assistant 1,500.00 1,500.00 

Miscellaneous 1,000.00 640.56 

Rent 815.00 814.92 

6,315.00 $5,955.48 $359.52 

Foreign Correspondence-Reviewer .... 300.00 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 400.00 

Printing-Proceedings 2,200.00 1,636.59 

Printing-General 1,100.00 1,242.28 

3,300.00 2,878.87 421.13 

Travelling Expenses: 

Grand "Z" 1,500.00 1,334.90 

General 500.00 432.92 

2,000.00 1,767.82 232.18 

Expenses-Convocation 3,000.00 2,353.60 

Executive Committee 800.00 679.05 

Education and 

Instruction 500.00 500.00 

4,300.00 3,532.65 767.35 

Jewels, Engraving and Regalia 600.00 657.19 # 57.19 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapters' Meeting 600.00 601.08 # 1.80 

Centennial 250.00 250.00 

Net Cost of Supplies held for Resale 1,828.49 # 1,828.49 

Provision for Depreciation 58.04 # 58.04 

TOTAL EXPENDITURE 18,190.00 18,355.34 # 165.34 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Balance-March 1, 1950 $56,412.34 

Add-Contributions Received $ 369.96 

-Interest Earned 1,535.43 1,905.39 



58,317.73 

Deduct— Benevolence — Grants 1,100.00 

—Benevolence — Inspection 50.00 

—Amortization of Bond Premium 27.62 1,177.62 



Balance - February 28, 1951 $57,140.11 

ASSETS 

Cash in Bank 2,948.00 

Accounts Receivable— Interest 71.75 

Investments: 

Dominion of Canada-3%-1966 (at par) $14,200.00 
Add-Unamortized Premium 420.36 14,620.36 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 115 

Crown Trust and Guarantee Company 

2%%-1952 26,500.00 

Canada Permanent Trust Company— 

23/ 4 %-1952 13,000.00 54,120.36 

$57,140.11 



GRAND CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP 

Balance-March 1, 1950 $ 30,062.98 

Add— Interest on Investments $ 900.00 

—Bank Interest 4.55 

— Communtations Received 970.00 1,874.55 

$31,937.53 
Deduct-1950 Life Membership Dues 2,868.00 

Balance-February 28, 1951 29,069.53 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 
Assets: 

Cash in Bank 1,367.53 

Accrued Interest on Investments 225.00 

Investments: 

Dominion of Canada-3%-1960 30,000.00 31,592.53 

Liabilities: (Deduct) 

Due to General Fund 2,523.00 

$29,069.53 



GRAND CHAPTER CENTENNIAL FUND 

Balance - March I, 1950 $250.00 

Add— Bank Interest .62 

—Annual Provision from General Fund 250.00 250.62 

Balance - February 28, 1951 500.62 

ASSETS 

Cash in Bank 250.62 

Due from General Fund 250.00 500.62 



CHAPTER LIFE MEMBERSHIP FUND 

Balance-March 1, 1950 $ 68.19 

Add— Adjustment from 1949 Accounts $ 2.50 

—Bank Interest .16 

—Transfer from General Fund (adjusting interest 

earned by fund to 3%) 1.96 4.62 

$72.81 
Deduct— 1950 Chapter Dues Transferred to General Fund 

and credited to the Chapter's Account 5.25 

Balance-February 28, 1951 $67.56 



116 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ASSETS AND LIABILITIES 

Assets: 

Cash in Bank 70.85 

Liabilities: (Deduct) 

Due to General Fund 3.29 67.56 

REPORT OF PRINTING COMMITTEE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir: — 

Your Committee on Printing submit the following analysis of 
expenditures for the year ended February 28, 1951 : — 

Proceedings and Postage $1,636.59 

General Printing 1,242.28 

$2,878.87 

We respectfully request that the following amounts be placed 
at the disposal of the Committee: — 

Proceedings $2,200.00 

General Printing 900.00 

New Registers and Binding of Grand Chapter Proceedings 500.00 

$3,600.00 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

John L. House, 

Chairman. 



It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
R. Ex. Comp. John L. House, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Printing be received and 
adopted. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 117 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON INVESTMENTS 

To the Most Excellent tlie Grand Z. Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

SCHEDULE OF INVESTMENTS 
GENERAL ACCOUNT 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 

1 and December 1, due June 1, 1960. (Fully Registered) $56,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, April 

1 and October 1, due October 1, 1963. (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment. Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 30 and December 
31, due June 30, 1951. (Fully Registered) 2,500.00 

Province of Ontario, Interest 3%, 1977 4,000.00 

$65,500.00 

LIFE MEMBERSHIP ACCOUNT 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, June 1 

and December 1, due June 1, 1960 $30,000.00 

VICTORY THANKSGIVING BENEVOLENT FUND 

Dominion of Canada Bonds, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly March 

1, and September 1, due September 1, 1966 $ 200.00 

Dominion of Canada Bond, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 

1 and September 1, due September 1, 1966. (Fully Registered) 10,000.00 

Dominion of Canada Bond, Interest 3%, payable half-yearly, March 
1 and September 1, due September 1, 1966. Callable September 
1, 1961. (Fully Registered) 4.000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment, Interest 2%%, payable June 30 and December 31, due 
March 31st, 1952. (Fully Registered) 20,000.00 

Crown Trust & Guarantee Co., five-year Guaranteed Trust Invest- 
ment. Interest 2%%, payable June 30 and December 31, due 
December 31st, 1952. (Fully Registered) 6,500.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 2%%, payable February 1 and August 1, due February 
1, 1952. (Fully Registered) 5,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 2%%, payable February 1 and August 1, due February 
1, 1952. (Fully Registered) 3,000.00 

Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation, three-year Investment, 
Interest 2%%, payable March 1 and September 1, due March 1, 
1952, Registered as to Principal 5,000.00 

$149,200.00 
All of which is fraternally submitted. 

C. Alex. Sollitt, 

Chairman. 
It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Investments for the year 1950 
be received and adopted. 



118 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON WARRANTS 

To the Most Excellent the Grand First Principal, Officers and 
Members of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: 
Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Executive Committee through your Committee on War- 
rants, consisting of R.E. Comp. B. F. Nott (Chairman), R.E. Comps. 
G. W. Bailey and Chas. Pepper, beg to report as follows: 

Although the services of this Committee have not actually been 
required during the past year, we might refer to last year's report 
in which the M.Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, our Grand First Principal, 
exercised his prerogative and granted Warrants to Tillsonburg 
Chapter, No. 255 at Tillsonburg, Ontario, to be placed in Wilson 
District, No. 3 and to Yukon Chapter, No. 256 at Whitehorse, Yukon 
Territory, to be placed in Yukon Territory, District No. 17. 

It was a most pleasing experience for the Companions of these 
Districts and immediate vicinity to have their Charters presented 
and their Chapter Rooms dedicated, severally, by our Grand First 
Principal, M.E. Comp. C. M. Pitts, at Tillsonburg, Ontario, on 
October 10, 1950, and by our Grand Third Principal, R.E. Comp. 
J. A. M. Taylor at Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, on January 17, 
1951. Our sincere congratulations are extended to their Officers and 
members and we convey to them our very best wishes for a happy 
and successful future as well as an increase in their material and 
Capitular welfare. More suitable reference to these outstanding 
events you have just heard from the M.E. the Grand First Principal 
in his annual address to this Grand Chapter. 

Your Committee desires to bring to the special attention of the 
new chapters and to the older chapters as well a few suggestions: 

1. We recommend that, in recording the minutes, the Scribe 
E. of each chapter leave a substantial margin in which topical notes 
can be entered. 

2. We also recommend to these new Chapters and to the older 
chapters if they have not already done so, that they appoint a well- 
qualified Companion to record the history of their Chapter each 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 119 

year and that a copy of this record be appended to the Chapter min- 
utes. This practice we consider commendable and we would be 
pleased to find it made universal. 

3. We also suggest that copies of the Chapter summonses 
should be kept in bound form in order that their contents could 
be suitably preserved not only as records but also for interesting 
information and future reference. The summonses carry very 
valuable data relating to the Chapter's activities, more than appears 
in the recorded minutes. 

All of which is respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

B. F. Nott, Chairman. 

It was moved by Rt. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw and seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. B. F. Nott, and- 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Warrants be received. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE CONDITION OF 
CAPITULAR MASONRY 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z, Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions— 

During 1950, our membership grew from 20,070 to 20,649, an 
increase of 579, approximately 3%, a very noticeable "slowing up" 
of growth from our increases of 4.5% in 1947 and 1948. A compari- 
son of our admissions during the last four years gives us 1,325 in 
1947, 1,317 in 1948, 1,322 in 1949 and only 1,187 in 1950, showing 
that the principal reason for this "slowing up", is in receiving 135 
less applications in 1950 than in 1947, 1948 or 1949. In this con- 
nection, we are glad to learn from the Statistical Reports of our 
Grand Superintendents that each district has contributed in varying 
number to this increase. We suggest to our present and past officers, 
that, as we have nearly 120,000 Craft Masons in the Province of On- 
tario and the Yukon, a sustained drive for new members should 
result in gradually increasing additions to our membership, each 
year. 

The degree work of our Chapters is of very high quality, being 
described by the Superintendents in terms ranging from "good" to 



120 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

"excellent", "most efficient", "exceptionally fine and uniform" and 
"very ably performed", several giving credit to the Manual of In- 
structions for both quality and uniformity. The attendance reported 
is improving, but is not satisfactory when we consider our total 
membership. Church Services were more general and well attended 
in the thickly populated areas, but not in districts where distances 
are great between Chapters. We hope we can interest the Chapters 
in these areas by advising them that many Chapters have made a 
success of holding Church Services for their own companions, only. 

We are pleased to see more attention given to the coaching of 
the candidates between the degrees, so that they are qualified for 
admission as a visitor to any Chapter, also, to take parts in conferring 
the degrees in their own Chapters, which we hope will lead to their 
acceptance as junior officers, where possible. Also, the instruction 
of the officers in all three degrees at Chapters of Instruction in all 
districts and by the rehearsal of each degree, shortly before being 
conferred, in more of our Chapters. 

Fraternal Visits, Celebrations of Anniversaries and Special 
Meetings of all kinds are increasing. All Special Nights have proven 
to be very beneficial to the Chapters by increasing the interest of 
their officers and companions in the attendance and general wel- 
fare of their Chapters. We will not take the space to list the many 
"Special Meetings" held in the Province, but feel that the following 
should be brought to the attention of our officers— 

1. On May 13th, 150 companions of the Toronto Districts 
travelled by bus to Batavia, New York, and exemplified the 
Holy Royal Arch Degree from our ritual, which visit was 
returned by the companions of Batavia on September 20th, 
when they exemplified the Holy Royal Arch Degree, under 
their ritual, in Toronto. 

2. The Third Annual International Night was held by Hia- 
watha Chapter No. 252 of Sarnia on Saturday, January 
20th, 1951, with great success. 

3. The "Travelling Triangle" of Prince Edward District No. 
11 was lifted by Prince Edward Chapter No. 31 of Picton 
on May 25th at Keystone Chapter, No. 72— Stirling, when 
they exemplified the Holy Royal Arch Degree. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 121 

4. London District No. 2 held a "Field Day" on Saturday, 
October 28th, 1950, in London when 50 candidates re- 
ceived the Mark Master Mason Degree and 70 the Most 
Excellent Master Degree at the afternoon meeting and 80 
the Holy Royal Arch Degree at the evening meeting. 

Our hard working group of Scribes E received some well-earned 
praise in most of our Superintendent's reports for having their re- 
cords up-to-date, which enabled them to answer questions promptly 
and accurately. These accurate records, plus the cooperation of 
our Scribes E, are reflected to a very high degree in the general suc- 
cess of each Chapter and the membership and revenue records of 
Grand Chapter. We congratulate the Scribes E in earning this high 
praise. 

It is a pleasure to see the gradually improving financial posi- 
tions of our Chapters, due to increases in exaltation fees, annual 
dues and membership, effective in 1950, even though we find it nec- 
essary to, again, call attention to the very large amounts reported as 
arrears of dues. The information available on this subject covers 
15 of our 18 districts with a membership of 17,434 that report 
arrears of dues amounting to $18,194.00, $1.04 per member, approxi- 
mately 25% of their annual dues. We refer the officers of all 
Chapters to their committee's responsibility of contacting each com- 
panion in arrears, personally or by telephone, before the end of the 
year to learn his reason for not paying his dues. This method gen- 
erally results in the collection of the dues or learning that the com- 
panion is unable to pay them because of illness or other unfortunate 
circumstances, and will obviate the necessity of many suspensions. 
Also, bringing the attention of the officers to a companion worthy 
of a share of the Chapter's Benevolent Fund. 

We are glad to note, that, in these prosperous times, only 1/3 
(52) of our Chapters found it necessary to vote approximately 
$2,000.00 for Benevolence. In this connection, we will, also, refer 
to the splendid work still being carried on by the Royal Arch 
Masons Welfare Committee of the Toronto Districts in transporting 
underprivileged children to the Bronte Summer Camp and donat- 
ing comforts and entertainment to the veterans in the Red Chevron 
Hospital. 

We want to congratulate the many recipients of Long Service 
Medals, 25 years a Past Principal and 50 year a Companion. The 



122 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

evident pleasure with which our older companions receive, wear 
and discuss these medals is a valuable asset to Chapter Masonry. 

The loss by fire of the Masonic Temple in St. Thomas, includ- 
ing all equipment and some regalia, was a severe blow to the 
masons of that city and the surrounding district. It has prompted 
the sympathy of all masons in Ontario, and financial contributions 
from most of the Masonic bodies and many of the Masons of that 
district, as well as important amounts from greater distances. We 
cannot pass this opportunity to ask each of our Chapters to check 
their fire insurance policies, by assuring themselves, first, of the 
adequacy of the amounts and, second, of their permanence. 

In conclusion and summary, we quote from the reports of our 
Grand Superintendents and the above, the importance of stressing 
the following, as needs of our Chapters: — 

1. To open our Chapter meetings at the scheduled hour. 

2. Each Degree should be rehearsed shortly before being 
conferred. 

3. That every care be taken in the appointment and pro- 
motion of the officers. 

4. Coach all candidates thoroughly after conferring each 
degree. 

5. Inter-Chapter and Inter-District visits pay dividends of 
increased interest in our Chapters and attendance at our 
meetings. 

6. We still need new Chapters, also, higher membership and 
increased attendance in our Chapters. 

7. That more attention be given to fraternizing with the newly 
exalted companions in the social hour. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

C. A. Bailey 
L. B. Boyle 

W. H. Brady 
E. G. Drew 
W. B. Stothers, Chairman 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 123 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. W. Bailie Stothers, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Executive Committee on Condition of 
Capitular Masonry for the year 1950, be received and adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CONSTITUTION 
LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z.. Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

One notice of motion to amend Section 64 of the Constitution 
of Grand Chapter was presented within the prescribed time. 

There is no legal objection to this notice of motion being con- 
sidered by Grand Chapter at this Convocation. 

Fraternally Submitted, 

John M. Burden, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on Constitution Laws and 
Jurisprudence be received and adopted. 

PRESENTATION OF RAM'S HORN 

R. Ex. Comp. Taylor, Grand J., gave a very interesting description and talk 
of his trip with the Grand S. E. to the Yukon Territory and presented to M. Ex. 
Comp. Pitts, Grand Z., and the Grand Chapter of R. A. M. of Canada a Ram's 
Horn on behalf of the Companions of Yukon Chapter, No. 256 G.R.C. 

The following memory notes give description of the Horn and its 
adornments:— 

"This evening we witnessed the beautiful ceremony of Dedication. During 
the course of the rite we heard of the annointing with the horn of oil— pre- 
sumably the horn of a ram. Many centuries ago the sun was in the Sign of the 
the Ram, or Aries. Due to the precession of the equinox the sun has gradually 
worked through other signs of the zodiac, as it crosses the equator on the vernal 
equinox. There is an abundance of astronomical symbolism in both Craft 
and Royal Arch Masonry. 

On the face of the horn you will note a keystone, it is made by one of our 
Companions from mastodon ivory; these huge creatures once roamed the Yukon 
in great numbers. This ivory was discovered on the Klondike River, and from 
the same place comes the nugget of pure placer gold imbedded on the keystone. 
The ivory is between 20,000 and 30,000 years old. 

The horn itself is from a young Rocky Mountain ram, probably a Dall 
Sheep, and was shot at Lake Arkell, about 50 miles west and slightly south of 
Whitehorse. In presenting the Horn of the Ram to Grand Chapter through 
you, Rt. Ex. Sir, let it symbolize both the Sign of Aries— the first sign of the 
zodiac, a beginning, a new life— and the spirit of the Yukon." 



124 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: 

The Committee on Finance submits herewith its report for the 
year ending February 28th, 1951. 

The Members of this Committee are glad to be able to report 
that the financial condition of this Grand Chapter is in a sound 
position, and it is our opinion that by exercising careful control 
of expenditures we should be able to maintain this favourable fin- 
ancial position. 

This Committee would like to express their appreciation to the 
Constituent Chapters for the splendid manner in which they have 
co-operated with the Grand Scribe E in sending in the Semi-Annual 
Returns for the year. 

Exhibit "B" of the Auditor's Report, which sets out in detail 
the actual Revenue and Expenditure, shows that the year's opera- 
tions have resulted in a Net Revenue of $2,682.32, and this amount 
has been credited to the General Reserve, as shown in Exhibit "A". 

Schedule "1" sets out the position of the "Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund", as at the end of the fiscal year. The contribu- 
tions received during the years amounted to $369.96, and the Inte- 
rest earned $1,535.43. The balance of the credit of this Fund now 
amounts to $57,140.11. It will be noted that the contributions to 
the Fund this year were rather small, and your Committee, having 
in mind possible increased Benevolent Grants in the years that lie 
ahead, owing to the reduced purchasing power of the present day 
dollar, would like to see the capital sum of this Fund increased in 
order that the interest yield can meet any increase in grants that 
may arise in the future. We are, therefore, prompted to suggest 
that some thought be given to the advisability of again contacting 
those Chapters that did not meet their original quota. 

Subsequent to the Convocation last year Grand Chapter was 
notified of a change of ownership of the Temple Building, Toronto, 
in which the Grand Chapter Office is located, and of an increase 
in rental. Unable to secure office accommodation comparable to 
what we now have, a new lease was executed for a period of Five 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 125 

years, dated March 1st, 1951, at an annual rental of $1,380.00, and 
we ask your approval of this action. 

The Grand Scribe "E", R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson, has filled 
this important executive office of Grand Chapter in a most capable 
and efficient manner, and your Committee recommends for your 
approval that he receive a Compensation of $3,600. per annum, also 
that Miss Colling, the Office Assistant, receive a salary of $1,800.00 
per annum. Both these adjustments to be retroactive to March 
1st, 1951. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON FINANCE 

We have given most careful consideration to the Revenue and 
Expenditures for the Fiscal year ending February 28th, 1952, and 
accordingly submit for your approval the following estimates: 

REVENUE 

Fees — Registration $3,300.00 

Dues - Per Capita 12,700.00 

Life Membership — Dues 2,800.00 

Dispensations 200.00 

Interest on Investments 1,965.00 

$20,965.00 

EXPENDITURE 

Grand Scribe "E"— Compensation $3,600.00 

—Office Assistant 1,800.00 

—Miscellaneous 1,200.00 

-Rent 1,380.00 

Foreign Correspondence — Reviewer 300.00 

Audit Fee 400.00 

Printing — Proceedings 2,200.00 

— General 1,400.00 

Travelling Expenses — Grand "Z" 1,500.00 

— General 500.00 

Expenses — Convocation 2,700.00 

— Executive Committee 1000.00 

— Education and Instruction 500.00 

Jewels and Engraving 600.00 

Grant to Masonic Library 125.00 

Canadian Grand Chapter Meeting 650.00 

Centennial Fund 250.00 

Grand Z Regalia 250.00 

I.P.G.Z. Testimonial 350.00 

$20,705.00 



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This Committee wishes to record its appreciation to the Grand 
Z, the Grand Treasurer, and the Grand Scribe E for their co-opera- 
tion throughout the year. 

All of which is fraternally submitted. 

K. W. Carrie, Chairman 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie, and— 

Resolved,— That the Report of the Committee on Finance be received and 
adopted. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON FRATERNAL DEAD 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

"Father in Thy gracious keeping, 
Leave we now Thy servants sleeping". 

We are now passing another milestone in our fraternal journey 
through life and as we glance along the ranks we find that many 
have fallen by the wayside since our last Convocation in 1950. 

Among the missing ones are some who then showed signs of 
weariness; but refused to yield to the insistent call of their infirm- 
ities and with perhaps no small degree of pain and discomfort 
to themselves kept pace with us in our labours and festivities, serv- 
ing to the end with their remaining strength, our order which they 
held so dear. Many others, apparently in the full vigor of their 
strong manhood, who for years have borne their burdens lightly 
and with no outward show of weakness have been summoned from 
us by that dread messenger who brooks no delay and accepts no 
excuse! The heavy hand of death has fallen upon others, who with 
brisk steps and light hearts had just entered upon careers which 
gave promise of great usefulness. Twelve months ago our departed 
brethren were as earnest and ambitious as any of us in their en- 
deavors to live up to the standard of the ideal Mason, were buoyed 
up by the same hopes and chastened by the same trials, and twelve 
months hence the voices of many of us who now lament the loss 
of them, may be as still as theirs. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 127 

As we look about us and with grateful hearts recognize the 
splendid work that is being carried on by the stalwart leaders of 
our order, we often wonder what will befall the structure they have 
reared if they should be taken from us. We have so long depended 
upon their leadership that we feel without their guiding hand our 
efforts would be of little avail. So did they feel towards their pre- 
decessors when they first took up the burden. But with all our 
losses, and they have been severe ones, and with all our fears and 
misgivings, and they have been very real, Royal Arch Masonry was 
never stronger nor more progressive than it is today and at no time 
in its history was it more capable of doing good and of rendering val- 
uable service to a tortured world than at the present hour. The 
blessings flowing from fidelity to the principles of brotherly love, 
relief and truth are not for one day, year or generation, but for 
eternity, and our companions who exemplified these Masonic vir- 
tues in their daily lives builded for all time. They would not have 
us sit in idle sorrow or dim our vision with tears shed for them, but, 
if they could speak to us now they would beg of us to take their un- 
finished tasks. The highest tribute we can pay to their memory is 
to emulate what was good in them so that they, though dead, shall 
live in our good works.' 

Though death has cast its dark shadow over our pathway and 
brought sorrow to many homes, there is little we can do to comfort 
those who mourn. Yet we must ever bear in mind that the darker 
the shadow, the stronger is the light beyond, which, for the time, 
is hidden from our view. Those upon whom the burden of grief 
falls most heavily should receive some solace from the grateful 
remembrance of the bright rays of the useful and well spent lives 
which prepared those loved ones for the more glorious life beyond. 
For truly, "Tis better to have loved and lost 

Than never to have loved at all." 

During the year we have lost by death 455 of our companions. 
This is the largest number in many years and while we regret that 
we cannot comment on each one individually, it is becoming that 
special reference should be made to the passing of Most Excellent 
Companion— George Lawrence Gardiner. 

In the passing of George Lawrence Gardiner, Toronto has lost 
one of its native sons who endeared himself to all whom he came 
in contact with. 



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In business he was well and favourably known particularly 
in the Photo Engraving and Graphic Art. He was Vice-President 
and Director of the Photo Engravers & Electrotypers Limited. Dur- 
ing the Second Great War, he was one of the Dominion Govern- 
ment's key men on Printing and Publicity. 

He was a keen sportsman being prominently associated with 
many clubs and organizations. He was an enthusiastic golfer. In 
politics he was well known and respected in various organizations. 

In Masonry he had a very active career. Initiated in Beaches 
Lodge, A.F.&A.M., No. 473 and became Worshipful Master in 1915. 
He was also active in the formation of St. Aiden's Lodge No. 567 
and Victory Lodge No. 547. In 1922 was elected D.D.G.M. and in 
1926, President of the Past Masters' Association of the Toronto 
Districts. 

In Royal Arch Masonry, he was exalted in The Beaches Chap- 
ter No. 163; 1908 passed through the chairs; was elected First Prin- 
cipal in 1914; elected Grand Superintendent of Toronto District 
No. 8 in 1917; the following year elected to the Grand Executive 
Committee, and for the next ten years was Chairman of one of its 
most important Committees. In 1920 he became the President of 
the Toronto Principals' Association; he became the Most Excellent 
the Grand First Principal of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch 
Masons of Canada in 1935-6, and for the past ten years he was 
Chairman of Fraternal Correspondence and Historian. In this 
office he has written to all parts of the English-speaking Masonic 
World. His reviews are works of Art and his fame will live forever. 

Other distinguished Companions who answered the call were: 



V. Ex. Comp. H. T. Scott. 

V. Ex. Comp. T. Stewart McDonald. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. Clifford Cooper. 

V. Ex. Comp James McAllister. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Middleton. 

V. Ex. Comp. Stuart M. Campbell 

R. Ex. Comp. James K. Martin. 

V. Ex. Comp. John Mcjannett. 

V. Ex. Comp. Harold G. Whitney. 

V. Ex. Comp. W.'G. Irwin. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Wm. Odell. 

R. Ex. Comp. Homer M. Borthwick. 

R. Ex. Comp. Morgan R. Griffiths. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. H. Culp. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Larter. 



V. Ex Comp W. J. Damp. 

R. Ex. Comp. A. H. Knutson. 

R. Ex. Comp. J. A. V. Preston. 

R. Ex. Comp. R. C. Thompson. 

R. Ex. Comp. Charles L. Davidson. 

V. Ex. Comp. W. M. H. Quartermaine. 

V. Ex. Comp. Wilber Clow. 

R. Ex. Comp. Vivian M. Hare 

R. Ex. Comp. Juluis W. Reynard. 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Coles. 

V. Ex. Comp. H. T. Scott. 

V. Ex. Comp. G. J. Hanes 

V. Ex. Comp. Arthur Cohen. 

V. Ex. Comp. William Hughes 

V. Ex. Comp. W. E. Millar. 



To our Sister Jurisdictions in the Dominion of Canada and the United 
States of America we extend sincere sympathy for the loss of their distinguished 
Companions 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta- 
Most Ex. Comp George Brown McLeod— Grand Z. 1922. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia- 
Most Ex. Comp. John MacLeod— Grand Z. 1948. 

Most Ex. Comp. John James Miller— Grand Z. (Hon). 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba- 
Most Ex. Comp. John Thomas Boyd— Grand Z. 1942. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alabama— 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry Curtis McGee— Past G.H.P. 1937. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Arizon— 

M. Ex. Comp. James Claf fey-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Colorado— 

M. Ex. Comp. Charles Lewis Young— Grand Lecturer 1922-1950. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Illinois— 

M. Ex. Comp. Harry Warner Harvey— Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Gustav Henry Mueller— Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Wiliam Finley Cammell— Deputy G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa— 

M. Ex. Comp. Nathan LeRoy Hicke-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Kentucky— 

R. Ex. Comp. Ernest Neeve Hart— Grand Chaplain 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Maine— 

R. Ex. Comp. Ralph Harmon Burbank-Grand S.E. 1905 

R. Ex. Comp. John Voden Tucker— Past Grand King 1925 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Maryland— 

M. Ex. Comp. Richard Henry Williams-Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. E. Granville Shirley-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Massachusetts— 

M. Ex. Comp. Arthur Dow Prince— Past Grand High Priest. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Michigan— 

M. Ex. Comp. Albert Trebilcock-Past G.H.P. 1929-30. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Nebraska— 

M. Ex. Comp. Benjamin F. Pitman— Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Nevada— 

M. Ex. Comp. Henry W. Miles-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New Jersey— 

M. Ex. Comp. Daniel L. Campbell-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New York— 

M. Ex. Comp. Jared A. Reed-Past G.H.P. 1916. 

M. Ex. Comp. John F. Birmingham-Past GH.P. 1925. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of North Carolina— 

M. Ex. Comp. Millard F. McKeel— Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of North Dakota— 

M. Ex. Comp. Walter L. Stockwell— Grand Secretary. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Ohio— 

M. Ex. Comp. Harry Willcox Lloyd-Past G.H.P. 1918-1919. 

M. Ex. Comp. John P. Kuhns-Past G.H.P. 1923-24. 

M. Ex. Comp. Emmit Elmer Everett-Psat G.H.P. 1916-1917. 

M. Ex. Comp. Mont Clermont Hambright— Past G.H.P. Grand Secy. 1928-50. 



130 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Oklahoma— 

M. Ex. Comp. John Waldwyn Barbour— Grand Treasurer 1935-50. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Oregon— 

M. Ex. Comp. James Harry Richmond— Past Grand High Priest 1933 

M. Ex. Comp. Ned Hunter Gallaway— Past Grand High Priest 1944-45. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Rhode Island— 

M. Ex. Comp. Arthur Baldwin Tyler-Past G.H.P. 1913-1914. 

M. Ex. Comp. James Stephen Grott-Past G.H.P. 1944-1945 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of South Carolina— 

M. Ex. Comp. Oliver Franklin Hart-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Texas— 

M. Ex. Comp. Jewel P. Lightfoot— Past Grand High Priest 1939-40 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Vermont— 

M. Ex. Comp. George Frank Root-Past G.H.P. 1922 

M. Ex. Comp. Clarence M. Baker-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of the State of Washington— 

M. Ex. Comp. Lee Allen-Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Stanley G. Picknell-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wisconsin— 

M. Ex. Comp. Milton G. Kaumheimer— Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. Rudolph H. Zimmerman— Past G.H.P. 

M. Ex. Comp. William F. Weiler-Past G.H.P. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Wyoming— 

M. Ex. Comp. William J. Hagans-Past G.H.P. 1932. 
Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of England— 

His Grace the Duke of Devonshire— First Grand Principal. 

DEATHS-1950 

1 Osborne Caines, Arnold W. Dugan, Arthur W. Parker, Gordon Lewis Hawley. 
2— William Henry Yates, Herbert Naylor, Thomas Mason, Frederick Molineux, 
James Gough, Thomas Booker, George Peters, James Bain, Thomas Bryson, Ray 
Phillips Lehn, James Rosie, William J. Jackson, Frank W. Beare. 3— Edmond 
Haydon, Richard Johnston, Wm. G. Willis, Robert Coates, Stuart M. Campbell, 
Comps. Gilbert, Stephenson, Robinson. 4— William Markle, Daniel A. Pines, 
M. J. Singer, Charles E. Sanderson, LeRoy E. P. Montgomery. 5— Thomas 
Laughlin Elliott, Harry Francis Rogers, Wm. Knowles Coldicott, Morton Dales 
Hambly, Marshall Thomas, John Angus Kennedy, John Cornwall Butler, 
William Joseph White, Harry J. Bennett, Gordon Stanley Minaker, George 
William Constable. 6-Charles Phinn, Harry V. Wilson, Sam S. McNeilly, C. 
H. Treblicock. 7-F. D. Hulley, W. C. Mikel, W. Mattis, A. B. Stewart. 8-J. 
McAllister, D. Kennedy, D. R. Steeves, G. L. Gardiner, J. B. Thomson, John 
Luscombe, G. D. Qua. 15— John R. MacAlpine, George H. Weston, Thomas 
Henry Carter, Arthur Henry Payne, W. E. McKelvey, D. E. Napper, W. L. Morris. 
16— John S. Craig, Charles Wm. Powers, Stephen R. Waggoner, Frederick A. Will- 
sher, John Middleton, Arthur George Gladman, Robert S. Simpson, Samuel 
Wm. James Tyers, J. P. Chisholm, D. J. Fraser, A. V. Webb, A. H. Shouldice. 
18— Robert Young Morrison, John C. Davey, John Mcjannett, Wallace McWhin- 
nie, James K. Martin. 19— Arthur Dean, Archibald A. Macfarlane, W. J. Vickers, 
A. L. Holmes, H. B. Burgoyne, A. J. Haines. 20-Reginald Robert Whale, Dr. 
Robert L. Hutton, Ernest Moule. 22— Harold George Whitney, Robert Andrew 
Miller. 23— A. C. Burt, Walter Proven. 24-A. C. Murdy, M. A. Humber, 
George Banks, W. G. Irwin, W. D. O. Martin, G F Normabell, Wm. Hamilton. 
26— John Alfred Crews, E. H. Hardy. 27— William McLean, John McGillivary. 
28-William Hare, Wm. Arthur Coad, K. S. Cliff, John Turnbull, J. H. Cooper. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 131 

29— Wilbur J. Appleyard. 30— James W. MacVicar, Morris Robins. 31— Hanson 
Donahue Huff, Alfred McConnell, W. D. Bedell, M. E. Branscombe, M. L. 
Werden. 32-W. H. Scheiber, W. S. Fallen, H. H. Oder. 34-John E. Warren, 
Wessley B. Webb, J. M. Young, Duncan F. McCuaig, H A. Love. 35— Graydon 
M. Goodfellow, Robert S. Simpson. 36— George W. Haley, Charles Lacheur. 
37— Ernest K. Taylor, N. S. Choate, M. W. Dunbar. 40— William Templeman, 
George Booth, James Auty, Richard Montgomery, Charles Robertson. 41— Robt. 
Young Morrison, J. K. Martin, W. H. Street. 44— Reginald Wessman, Donald 
Ernest Caton. 45— Rev. William Sterling, W. J. Cochrane, C. F. Gummer. 47— 
William Stead, John C. Stewart, James Slater. 48— John William Odell, Alfred 
LeRoy Jex. 53— P. R. Wynn. 54— William West, H. B. Barnes, James H. Tanner, 
A. Irwin, Franklin Poole. 56— George Harold Holmes, James Newton Pearson, 
John Henry Hart. 59— Homer M. Borthwick, E. G. Rudd, J. H. Foan, Frank 
W. Logan, F. H. Kay. 61— Thomas E. Argue. 62— Henry Samuel Alexander, 
R. V. Harper. 63-Herbert M. Gledhill, Arthur C. Rogers. 64-Harry Ford, 
Arthur J. Coniam, Robert Dick. 65— George Henry Ross, Morgan R. Griffiths, 
G. L. Gardiner, George Frederick Kingston, Daniel Urquhart, H. F. Darrell, R. 
Wherry, R. A. Montgomery. 66— Charles Wi Cooper, H. E. Jeffery, E. M. Dig- 
man, John Grant. 67— William Fisher, John Youngson, Thomas Richardson, 
John G. Wallace, T. J. Snell, P. E. Miller. 68-James L. Patterson, Robert W. 
Watchorn. 69— J. H. Culp, Wm. Montgomery, 71— Harry Hodgeman, Fred- 
erick Baltzer. 73— Frank D. McMagee, John Gladstone, Albert Hitchcock. 
76— Spence J. Vanderburg, Louis Fischer. 77— W. D. Sprinks, C. W. Field, 
George Cumming, Wm. Sindrey, W. P. Cooper, A. C. Larter, Joseph Palmer, 
W. J. Damp, W. G. Newman, D. E. Caton, A. H. Bleakern, A. G. Mclnevre, C. 
W. Macey, W. W. Morring, W. W. Perkins, J. H. Warwick, James Doughty, 
George L. Gardiner. 79-George H. Roworth, E. E. Murby, W. A. Coy, 80-J. 
S. Ross, H. C. Philp, J. J. Bowden, O. J. Hodgkin, E. B. Winter, R. M. Bright, 
P. J. McConnell. 81-Robert H. Harris, J. A. Newell. 82-G. T. Clarkson, W. 
A. Herriott, A. H. Knutson, C. A. Johnston, Thomas Bryant, W. T. McEachren, 
James Bruce Amm. 83-John A. V. Preston, Frank Sinclair. 84-F. C. Fuller, R. 
C. Thompson. 90-T. J. Cherry. 91-E. J. Trist, James Craigie. 94-W. Clark, 
J. Millen, J. A. Walton, Wm. H. Cresswell, Robert Wallace, G. W. Sheppard, 
Wm. J. McMahon, Wm. Gilbert, Chas. Davidson. 95-N. H. Bowers, D. W. W. 
Stewart, F. G. Edward, John R. Tweddle, F. N. Downe. 102— J. T. Pratt, J. C. 
McLean, Wm. T. McLean, Dr. J. R .McRae, J. W. Poole. 103-Stanley V. Hatt, 
Thomas Phillips. 112-Walter Edwin Thorn. 113-Roy M. Nichol, James D. 
Watt, W. C. McGuire, A. L. MacDougal. 114-W. M. H. Quartermaine, J. R. 
Stewart. 115— A. E. Cockburn, B H. Stewart, Dr. E. B. Patterson. 116— John 
Lowe. 117— Earl Koch, W. F. Hassenauer, Herman Kraatz. 119— William M. 
Henderson, William A. Baker. 129-R. C. Capper, C. J. Moore, W. G. Irwin. 
130-Arthur Plant. 132-W. V. Bulloch, Henry G. Dean, Robert N. Cummings, 
Wilber Clow. 133-George H. Francis, Wm. J. Johnson. 135-0. H. Ackney. 
138-H. A. Topham, S. Wessman, J. Redford, B Press, W. Mayall, W. H. Aish- 
ford, C. R. Butler, W. J. Donaldson, W. J. Coulter, T. Jewel, Wm. Townsend, 
Wm. Mellis, R. Hannah, J. M. Hain, Charles Williams, J. L. Walker, J. G. 
Musson, W. S. Willard, T. H. Eades, D. D. MacDonald, T. W. Hughes, A. W. 
Campbell, J. F. McLennan, J. G Cross, H G. Humphrey, W. G. Scholes, A. B. 
Rice, E. J. Raybold. 140— Wm. James Everson, John E. Arnold, D. McLean, 
T. McCranor, O. Coles. 143-T. W. Munroe, F. H. McMillan. 144-M. Hugh 
Maitland. 145-F. A. Lalonde, Charles Caswell, W. M. Cole, W. J. Damp, M. 
F. Wiles, W. H. Hunter, T. H. Lemon, A. C. Allen, J. Doughty, George L. 
Gardiner, S. Hill, J. McCrone, John Noble. 149— George Ross. 150— James Muir- 
head Mills, W. T. Orchard. 152-F. B. Blakely, J. McQuarrie. 153-George 
H. Bowen. 154— G. A. Jackell, E. O. Ellingson, A. E. Johnson, J. Maclennan, 
C. B. Marcil. 155-C. F. J. Woodley, Charles E. Anderson. 161 -Robert Shaw. 
163— George L. Gardiner. 164— David F. Webster, Arthur Petherick, John A. 



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Ford, A. E. Roberts, J. R. Milner. 167— Fred Hannah, D. Dewitt, N. McGinnis, 
R. F. White, George Rae, Alex. McCuaig. 168-H. E. Locke, H. T. Scott, R. 
Melville, Robert Flynn, James R. Rumney, A. Kniewasser. 169— Leonard Hill. 
175-Frank Peace, Ralph C. Ripley. 184-Geo. J. Hanes.,195-Charles E. 
Trought. 198-David M. Radcliffe, George E. Clipsham, D. R. Dunlop. 203- 
James H. Munro. 212— A. I. Cohen, George L. Gardiner, M. Michaelson, Sydney 
Mandel. 213— J. S. Amm, Thomas Blackman, James C. MacElwee. 215-E. A. 
Reed, W. J. Hall, George Aymer, W. T. Harper. 217-Richard W. Hind, William 
Hughes. 218— Silas A. McKelvie, James Cassie. 219— John Maxwell, David 
Campbell. 220-N. F. D. Kelley, Albert E. Mercer. 222.-L. Sherwood, W. A. 
Dier, James Cochrane, T. E. McGrail, R. M. Cairns, William Brooks, M. A. 
Swerdfager. 225-R. R. Wakeman, Samuel Hyde, Nathan White. 226-Welling- 
ton, Douglas. 230-Wellington E. Millar. 231-M. C. Fairplay, C. W. Webb, F. 
F. S. Poulter, D. G. Bell. 232-John Dyce 233-F. A. McGregor, J. R. Mac- 
Nicol, A. A. Anderson, F. G. Widner. 235— D. B. Kinsey, P. M. Thompson, 
Percy Ash. 236— James E. Stubbs, Albert Martineau, J. S. Douglas. 238— George 
Roy Gardner. 239-John L. Gosnell, C. F. Pardo. 240-John E. Lymburner, C. 
A. Grassie. 241-Sidney G. Fryer. 243-A. C. Lee. 248-John M. Ritchie. 
250-Wm. H. Leith, C. A Whitelaw. 252-W. N. Riddle. 253-A. B. Hoover, 
A. J. Schubert, Milton Woodger. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. H. S. Cade 

R. A. BlLBROUGH, 

Chas. MacDonald, 
Russell H. Davidson, 
F. M. Reid, 
Robert Clark, Chairman 

April 25th, 1951. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, and— 

Resolved— That the report of the Committee on Fraternal Dead be 
received. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON BENEVOLENCE 

To the Most Excellent the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter, Royal Arch Masons of Canada 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions: — 

Your Committee on Benevolence has considered the application 
for relief and we recommend that an appropriation be made in the 
estimates for grants to the following: 

Chapter No. 1 -Widow of G. McNamee I 100.00 

Chapter No. 8-Widow of R. Johnson 100.00 

Chapter No. 53-Daughter of J. Sinclair 100.00 

Chapter No. 62-Widow of S. Brewster 100.00 

Chapter No. 119-Widow of S. Gardiner 100.00 



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Chapter No. 145-Daughter of J. Curry 200.00 

Chapter No. 231-Comp. Harry Haynes 100.00 

Special -Widow of R. H. Spencer 100.00 

Special —Widow of Edwin Smith 200.00 

$1,100.00 

We further recommend that an amount of $200.00 be provided 
for interim relief, if it be needed before the next Annual Con- 
vocation of Grand Chapter. 

Fraternally submitted, 

R. B. Dargavel, 

R. N. McElhinney, 

D. C. Patmore, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, and— 

Resolved— That the Report of the Committee on Benevolence be received 
And adopted. 

Committee on Benevolence 
Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Bene- 
volence and are members of the Executive Committee of Grand 
Chapter for their respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, retires in 1953. 

R. Ex. Comp. D. C. Patmore, retires in 1954. 

R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, retires in 1952. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE FOR DISTINGUISHED 
SERVICE MEDAL 
To The M. Ex. the Grand Z 
Officers and Members of 
The Grand Chapter of R.A.M., Canada 
Companions: — 

The special committee on awards for the Distinguished Service 
Medal, beg leave to report as undermentioned,— Your committee 
have recommended that the undermentioned Companions be award- 
ed the Distinguished Service Medal- 
Companion William James Taylor, Carleton Chapter, No. 16 G.R.C. 
Companion Robert Richard Cooper, Peel Chapter, No. 195 G.R.C. 



134 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Companion Robert Starr, Corinthian Chapter, No. 36 G.R.C. 
Companion G. Tinker, King Solomon Chapter, No. 8 G.R.C. 
Companion William T. Lowe, the St. Clair Chapter, No. 231 G.R.C. 

Several applications have been returned to the office of the 
Grand Scribe E. as the chapter concerned had not complied with 
the regulations governing the award. 

It is recommended that the office of the Grand Scribe E. again 
remind chapters of the necessity of complying with the regulations 
governing the award, and also reminding the constituent chapters 
that this award is only granted for outstanding service away over 
and beyond the normal duties required from members, that mere 
regularity and punctuality in attendance over a period of years in 
no way qualifies a companion for this award. 

It is further recommended that chapters could save a member 
embarrassment if the application were first forwarded with full evi- 
dence of Masonic service and citation to the Grand Scribe E to be 
considered by the Award Committee and then if approved the notice 
of motion and vote in open chapter could be taken. 

It is pointed out that service as a Scribe E, Treasurer or Tyler 
for which a remuneration is usually paid does not in itself qualify 
a companion for this award, no matter what length of service has 
been given. This award corresponds to the Victoria Cross for the 
soldier. Service must be outstanding. 

R. V. Conover, P.G.Z., Chairman 
R. B. Dargavel, P.G.Z., 
L. F. Stephens, P.G.Z. 

It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, seconded by 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel and— 

Resolved,— That the Report on Award for the Distinguished Service 
Medal be received and adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON AWARDS FOR DISTINGUISHED 

SERVICE MEDAL 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by R. Ex. 

Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

The following Companions comprise the Committee on Awards 

for the Distinguished Service Medal, for Grand Chapter for their 

respective terms: — 

M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, 1953 Chairman 

M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 1952 

M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, 1954 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 135 

GRAND CHAPTER "CALLED-OFF" 

Grand Chapter was "Called Off" at 4.30 o'clock p.m., to 
permit the Delegates to select their Grand Superintendents and 
elect the Officers of Grand Chapter for the ensuing year and the 
next place of meeting. 

THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 1951 
Grand Chapter was "Called On" at 9.30 o'clock a.m. 

ELECTION REPORT 

V. Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick, Chairman, and V. Ex. Comp. 
James T. Gilchrist, Vice-Chairman, presented the results of the 
Elections as follows: — 

R. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw Grand Z. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand H. 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand J. 

R. Ex. Comp. Canon Loring Foreman Crothers Grand Chaplain 

M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C Grand Treasurer 

R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Samuel Scott Grand Scribe N. 

R. Ex. Comp. Walter J. Brackner Grand Principal Sojourner 

R. Ex. Comp. Leslie J. Colling Grand Registrar 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Foss Nott, 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

The nominations for Grand Superintendents were submitted 
to the Most Excellent the Grand Z., who was pleased to approve, 
and the following selections were confirmed: — 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank Joseph Armstrong St. Clair District No. 1 

1095 Pelissier Ave., Windsor, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Stewart McLean London District No. 2 

Box 574, Petrolia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Leland Mansfield Wilson District No. 3 

Box 815, Ingersoll, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. David Albert Cox Wellington District No. 4 

Box 195, Palmerston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood Hamilton District No. 5 

46 Rosslynn Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 



136 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. K. Murray MacLennan Huron District No. 6 

Wingham, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Orland Merritt Krick Niagara District No. 7 

Box 42, Dunnville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Pickles Toronto East District No. 8 

7 Glen Robert Dr., Toronto 13, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman Toronto West District No. 8A 

18 Highbourne Rd., Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Charles Percival Eagles Georgian District No. 9 

46 Quebec St., Midland, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Hamilton Olley Taylor Ontario District No. 10 

365 College St., Cobourg, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Thomas Nayler Prince Edward District No. 11 

Box 185, Madoc, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Lawrence Noble Armstrong St. Lawrence District No. 12 

146 Wellington St., Kingston, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Troy Wood Ottawa District No. 13 

Westmeath, Pembroke, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank Ryder Algoma District No. 14 

1428 Hamilton Ave., Fort William, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James George Maroosis New Ontario District No. 15 

106 Main St. E., North Bay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Frank Wills Temiskaming District No. 16 

31 Second Ave., Schumacher, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. C. H. Chapman Yukon Territory District, No. 17 

Dawson City, Yukon Territory. 

The newly appointed Grand Superintendents were subse- 
quently addressed and given the necessary instructions as to the 
duties appertaining to their office. 

NEXT PLACE OF MEETING 

The Ninety-Fourth Annual Convocation will be held in the 
City of Toronto, Ontario on Wednesday and Thursday, April 23, 
and 24, 1952, commencing at 10 o'clock in the forenoon, as per 
Section 20, of the Constitution. 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE GRAND Z's. 

ADDRESS 

Again your Committee has been privileged to read and review 
an address by M. Ex. Comp. Pitts. 

A year ago we expressed our appreciation of the high spirit and 
determination with which our Grand Z faced the coming year, and 
we have not been disappointed. It is a record of high ideals coupled 
with great energy, rewarded with outstanding success. 

We unite with him in welcoming our visitors from the several 
jurisdictions of Free Masonry. These recurring associations with 
the leaders of the Craft stimulate the flow of friendship and brother- 
ly love, the very life blood of our world wide fraternity. 

With him we join in expression of sadness in the death of M. 



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Ex. Comp. Gardiner and M. Ex. Comp. Williamson. They will 
remain fresh and vivid in our memories. 

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Companions of the 
Grand Chapter of England and British Columbia in the great losses 
death has imposed upon them. 

The record of activities of M. Ex. Comp. Pitts speaks for itself. 
He has, indeed, given freely and fully of his time and outstanding 
ability in the performance of his varied duties. 

We would with him express our appreciation of the task under- 
taken by R. Ex. Comp. Taylor and R. Ex. Comp. Johnson in their 
visit to the Chapters in the Yukon District. We would wish for our 
Companions in the far-off Yukon a full measure of success. 

It was with great interest that we read of the participation of 
our Grand Chapter in the so very important work and plans of the 
Conference of Grand Chapters and of the Canadian Masonic Re- 
search Association. 

We endorse the statement of our Grand Z that there cannot 
be any encroachment upon the sovereignty which is inherent in 
each Grand Chapter. Therefore, we do not endorse resolutions 
by those bodies which will have to be decided by this Grand 
Chapter. 

The records of membership and financial status are a source 
of satisfaction to us all and we will, I am sure, maintain great 
interest in the efforts and plans of the Membership Committee as 
set up by our Grand Z. 

Your Committee would express the sincere hope that each and 
every Royal Arch Mason in our great Jurisdiciton would not only 
read, but re-read and study earnestly this outstanding addition to 
our Masonic records. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Llewellyn F. Stephens, Chairman. 
R. V. Conover, P. Grand Z. 
R. B. Dargavel, P. Grand Z. 
J. M. Burden, P. Grand Z. 
F. W. Dean, P. Grand Z. 
It was moved by M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens and seconded by 
M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Committee on the Grand Z's address be 
received and adopted. 



138 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION 
AND INSTRUCTION 

To the Officers and Companions of the Most Excellent, 
The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Canada: — 

While the Sub-Committee on Education and Instruction has 
not met as such during the year, I have assumed the responsibility 
of investigating several matters which have been causing some 
concern in connection with the conferring of our degrees and pro- 
moting a better understanding of their import and spiritual signifi- 
cance for the better impressing the candidates with their privilege 
and the importance of the experience through which they are pass- 
ing. To this end I have made it a point, whenever possible, to speak 
in the Chapters I have visited on the underlying meanings of the 
symbolism of our Capitular system and its relation to the Craft 
Degrees with which it is to intimately and indivisibly associated. 

The issuing of the booklets "Manual of Instruction" and "Man- 
ual for Chapter Officers" has done much to improve the uniformity 
of the ritual and the better understanding by the Officers of the 
duties of their respective offices. The supply of these is about 
exhausted and further editions, with some additions and revisions, 
will be available shortly. 

I recommend that the work on "The Chapter Companion", 
which was commenced several years ago and still awaiting the 
completion of the third section dealing with The Holy Royal Arch, 
be now completed, and, when approved by the Grand Council and 
Advisory Committee of P.G.Z's., be printed in suitable form with 
a Foreword covering the early history of Capitular Masonry and, 
particularly, that of our Grand Jurisdiction, and which will result 
in a book somewhat comparable to that issued by our Grand Lodge 
for Masonic Students and Instructors in the Craft. 

As the atmosphere of reverence and solemnity within the Chap- 
ter Room is so essential to conveying the proper attitude in the 
mind of the candidate, as well as Companions, I have made con- 
siderable enquiry as to the possibilities of recorded music which 
would be available to form the suitable background effect and am 
convinced that such cathedral music recordings are available at 
small cost. As to the recordings of the odes and musical sequences 
peculiar to the several degrees, while these are not now obtainable 



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for our ritual, a very complete and satisfactory recording system 
has been developed in the U.S.A. and by the Sovereign Great Priory 
of Canada (K.T.) and I am assured that their experience and ma- 
terials will be made readily available to our Grand Chapter in the 
development of what will essentially meet our own special require- 
ments. It is not the intention to dispense with the services of our 
organists in this connection when these are available, but rather to 
suppliment their contribution, or to provide its equivalent when 
no music for our ceremonies would otherwise be obtainable. We 
have marvellous lessons to teacn, rundimental truths to convey, and 
we should employ every reasonable means to so present our "work" 
that it makes a lasting impression for good whenever it is portrayed. 

The "Pedestal Lecture" can and should be made more graph- 
ically available to all the Companions present, as well as to the 
candidates, by means which would be simple but would add greatly 
to the impressiveness by being visible and appreciated by everyone 
in the Chapter Room. 

I hope that, during the coming year, provision will be made 
for a trial of these suggestions. 

My attention has been called to the desirability of a careful 
revision of the ceremonies of the Installation of the Officers, both 
of the Chapters and Grand Chapter, and I recommend that this 
revision be referred to the Education Committee to issue after 
approval by the Grand Council and Advisory Committee of 
P.G.Z.'s. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 

G. M. Pitts, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and- 

Resolved— That the report on Education and Instruction be received 
and adopted. 



140 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

REPORT OF THE SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP 

To the Most Excellent, the Grand Z., Officers and Members of the 
Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Canada. 

Most Excellent Sir and Companions,— 

In presenting to the Grand Chapter of Canada, the first report 
of the Special Committee on Membership, the members of that 
committee desire to express to the Grand Z., Most Excellent Comp. 
Pitts, their deep appreciation for the opportunity of studying this 
very important question which has so much to do with the prosper- 
ity of the several Royal Arch Chapters of this Grand Chapter, as 
well as that of the Grand Chapter itself. The committee would also 
tender its thanks to the Grand Z., to the other members of the 
Grand Council, and to the Grand Scribe E. for advice and assistance 
so freely given. The committee in addition to information ob- 
tained by correspondence, held one meeting in Ottawa on February 
24th on the occasion of the reception and dinner tendered to the 
Grand First Principal, Most Excellent Comp. Pitts, by the Royal 
Arch Masons of the Ottawa District. 

OBJECTS OF THE MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 

From time to time there has been expressed anxiety as to the 
decline in the membership of the Grand Chapter of Canada. How- 
ever, during the past two or more years there has been a slight 
increase, but a at every Grand Convocation, as well as well as at 
district meetings addressed by officers of the Grand Chapter appeals 
are made for greater additions to chapter memberships. The first 
objective of the membership committee was to ascertain if capitular 
masonry was making a sufficient appeal to the Master Masons, and 
if not, to study methods as how that appeal could be strengthened. 
The only connecting links between the Blue Lodges and the Royal 
Arch Chapters are the Royal Arch companions, and the only sources 
of supply for the chapters are from the Blue Lodges. Every Royal 
Arch mason has obligated himself to dispense assistance, light and 
knowledge to all uniformed masons. If the lessons of the beautiful 
ritual of Royal Arch Masonry have been correctly communicated, 
every newly exalted companion should be so enthusiastic at the 
conclusion of the ceremony of his exaltation, that he will immed- 
iately go and tell his Masonic brother that he has found or been 
given something of surpassing beauty which helps him to better 
understand the meaning of the Master Mason degree, and which 



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opens up for him a great and wonderful field of Masonic research. 
Every Royal Arch Mason must be made to realize the great privilege 
that is his, and also the responsibility that he assumed when he 
became a Royal Arch Mason. 

It is not to be expected that every Master Mason will enter 
into the Holy Royal Arch, but surely if they were properly approach- 
ed, a far greater number than at present would make application to 
our chapters. Your committee has made a detailed survey of 
Masonry in the Province of Ontario, as to the relative memberships 
of the Blue Lodges and the Royal Arch Chapters. This survey 
shows, as already was known, that only about one sixth of the craft 
Masons ever advance to the Royal Arch. It also indicates that this 
ratio is far smaller in the great centres of population than in the 
rural sections and smaller towns. This fact is very disturbing to say 
the least. In the great Masonic City of Hamilton, the birth place 
of the Grand Chapter of Canada, only one eighth of the Master 
Masons enter into the mysteries and privileges of the Royal Craft, 
in Toronto the ratio is only slightly higher, while in Niagara Falls 
the ratio falls to one tenth. In Northern Ontario, outside the town 
of Iroquois Falls, one third of the members of the Craft lodges 
have found their ways into the Royal Arch Chapters. Has Royal 
Arch Masonry something that is of value to the Masons of the 
north that is not needed in our great centres of population? We 
know that the Royal Arch, with its great and inspiring lessons, 
supplies the needs of men where ever they may be found. The 
conclusion which has been forced on your committee, is that the 
officers and companions of many of our chapters are not alive either 
to their privileges or responsibilities. Their efforts to dispense 
assistance, light and knowledge are often very feeble indeed. In the 
city of Toronto there are 22,101 Craft Masons and only 3,226 Royal 
Arch Companions, and the same relative situation prevails in 
Hamilton, Ottawa and in many other of our cities. The member- 
ship of the Grand Chapter of Canada could be doubled in five years 
if there could be instilled into the officers and companions a desire 
to work. The Royal Arch Chapters of this Grand Jurisdiction have 
a real problem which in order to justify their existence they must 
solve. 

THE PROBLEM OF MEMBERSHIP. 

There should be no great difficulty in greatly increasing the 
membership of our Royal Arch Chapters if we put our hands to the 



142 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

effort. Royal Arch Masonry has a beautiful ritual which teaches 
great and useful lessons. However, to teach those lessons that ritual 
must be so expressed and interpreted that the companions will ap- 
preciate those truths, and the candidates will know at once that they 
have entered into a new and wonderful Masonic experience. Every 
officers of a Royal Arch Chapter should realize that he has been 
given a great privilege, he must be enthusiastic about his work in 
the chapter, ordinary is not good enough. He must first of all in- 
spire himself, for only then will he be able to transmit that inspir- 
ation and his own interpretation to the companions and especially 
to the candidates. Nothing will so hinder the progress of a chapter 
as a faulty and stumbling rendering of our beautiful ritual. The 
duties of the First Principal and the Past Principals should be to 
see that every officer knows perfectly the words of the ritual, and 
then by constant practice makes it a real part of himself, and so con- 
veys it to the candidates. When the work in a chapter is only ordi- 
nary or worse, the candidate feels he has been let down and often 
never returns to the chapter. 

2. There must be created among the companions a spirit of 
true comradeship, not only in the ante-room, but in the chapter 
room and at refreshment. No chapter, however small its resources, 
can afford to do without a fourth degree. The refreshments need 
not be expensive but must be dainty and appetizing. After refresh- 
ments it is well to have a short programme, a roll call, perhaps a 
very brief address, or a moving picture, but everything must be 
carried out with dispatch and orderly planning. At Christmas time, 
or at some other convenient occasion a ladies' night can be arranged 
and will be of value. Especially at Christmas, an evening of real 
enjoyment with small presents for all, with Santa in Command may 
be made a splendid occasion. The real object must be to always 
create a spirit of true fellowship among the companions where ever 
they may meet. 

3. The Chapter must be opened promptly at the hour set, 
business takes only a few minutes, not more than fifteen. The degree 
work carried out expeditiously and the meeting closed in good time. 

4. The officers of a Chapter should realize that their duties 
do not begin or end in the Chapter room but are continuous. 

5. There should be an energetic sick committee in every 
Chapter, which committee when carefully selected will be of great 



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value. When one is ill or discouraged there is nothing that will 
revive the spirits as a short visit from a congenial friend and 
companion. 

6. The First Principal is responsible for the monthly summons, 
but its preparation is the duty of the Scribe E. The Scribe E. is the 
backbone of the Chapter, and he must make sure that the summons 
is far more than the calling of a meeting. It should be full of 
Chapter business, should convey sympathy to the bereaved, con- 
gratulations when such are due, and a thousand other things which 
will greatly benefit the Chapter and create interest among the 
Companions. 

7. Application forms for Chapter Membership should be in 
possession of every Companion, and every officer should always have 
several in his possession, ready to hand to an interested Brother. 
Often, if an opportunity is allowed to slip, it never returns. Also, 
if a Brother shows an interest get his name on the dotted line, de- 
lays are dangerous. It is well to present an application form to a 
new Companion on the night on which he receives his Royal Arch 
degree. He is then enthusiastic and he will go out and tell some 
Brother that he has found something which a Master Mason should 
not miss. The First Principal should occasionally write a letter to 
all the Companions of his Chapter carrying with it a personal 
greeting, and pointing out the hope that the Companion will do all 
in his power to bring some Brother into the Chapter. An enclosed 
application form is likely to be returned fully signed by some good 
Master Mason. 

NEW CHAPTERS 

The suggestions already put forward refer almost entirely to 
the strengthening and increasing the memberships of the Chapters 
already in existence, and the suggestion of some methods by which 
Master Masons can be more interested in the Royal Arch. However, 
the survey which your committee has made shows that there are 
a considerable number of Craft Lodges so situated that distance 
prevents their members entering into the membership and privileges 
of the Holy Royal Arch. It is, therefore, recommended that im- 
mediate consideration be given to the establishing new Chapters at 
Espanola or Blind River between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie, at 
Bracebridge, at Huntsville or Minden between Lindsay and North 
Bay, at Alliston and Meaford, and at Westboro in the western part 



144 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

of the City of Ottawa. Your committee also believes it would be of 
value to make a further survey of the whole jurisdiction to ascertain 
if some of the existing Chapters which at the present time are not 
too prosperous could not serve to better advantage if moved to 
some adjacent locality. An example of this was the moving of the 
Maitland Chapter from North Augusta to Kemptville where to-day 
it is one of the very progressive Chapters of the whole jurisdiction. 

Your committee would briefly summarize its report with the 
following recommendations: — 

1. Immediate consideration be given to the setting up of new 
Chapters in localities where owing to distances Craft Masons 
have no opportunities of attending existing Chapters. 

2. That consideration be given to the organizing degree teams, 
not to confer degrees but to stimulate the officers of the Chapters in 
the proper rendering and interpretation of the ritual. 

3. Also, your committee recommends that the Grand Superin- 
tendents consider the advisibility of organizing the Past Grand Sup- 
erintendents of their districts as committees to assist them in per- 
fecting the ritual work of the various Chapters. Nearly every Chapt- 
er has a Past Grand Superintendent, and if these Past Grand Chap- 
ter Officers would co-operate there would be tremendous uplift 
in Royal Arch Masonry. 

4. Your committee would further recommend that every Chap- 
ter in the Grand Chapter of Canada makes a determined effort to 
increase its membership during the coming year by at least fifteen 
per cent. This can be accomplished if every officer would rise to 
his responsibility and every companion would co-operate. The 
Grand Scribe E. has plenty of those little pamphlets entitled, "Links 
between the Lodge and Chapter", which he will be glad to send to 
any Scribe E. 

5. Finally, your committee would very strongly recommend 
that the officers of all Royal Arch Chapters should take advantage 
of every opportunity to bring before all Master Masons the meaning 
of the Holy Royal Arch. This may be done very advantageously 
by inviting our Craft Brethren to meetings addressed by Grand 
Chapter Officers, or by other skilled Companions. We can also 
get in touch with the members of our Craft Lodges by receiving an 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 145 

invitation to say a few words at their fourth degrees. To-day 
we are all ready to listen to anything which will help us through 
these difficult times, and we know that Royal Arch Masonry has 
those qualities. 

In conclusion the members of this committee desire to express 
again to the Grand Z. their deep appreciation for this opportunity 
of service. 

Respectfully and fraternally submitted. 

Thos. J. Mason, 

A. Cavanagh, 

Clinton A. Markell, 

C. E. Letman, 

Fergus A. McDiarmid, Chairman. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by R. Ex. Comp. F. A. McDiarmid, and— 

Resolved,— That the report of the Special Committee on Membership be 
received and adopted. 

SUSPENSIONS - 1 )50 

Chapter No. 1— Ernest Billings, Luke Dryden, H. C. Nugent, R. M. Seymour. 
2-C. W. King, D. R. Pilkey, J. Blackborrow, W. Fan. 5-R. H. Yorston. 
7— T. H. Smith, H. Y. Moore. 18— David Kennedy. 19-D'Arcy E. Melville. 
20-Jack Dunhill, Harold Rumble, D. G. Stewart. 26-M. Andison, J. W. 
Henry,. G. Tough, G. Vanner. 28— R. H. Christy, W. B. Onyon. 30— Angus 
M. Mclnnes, G. B. Davies. 35— C. A. Sterritt. 45— A. G. Cracknell, A. J. Dance. 
48-J. A McGuire, W. G. Wenn, R. C. White. 54-C. W. Adams, C. H. 
Broadbent. 59-R. B. Andress, J. T. Clayton. 65-J. D. Burger, P. J. Watson. 
73-N. MacAulay, D. MacAulay, A. MacKenzie. 77-F. H. London, W. J. 
Thorpe, A. Vout, J. Ward, G. Witham. 78-C. Burr, A. E. Salisbury, A. E. Ra- 
velle. 79-George Nelson. 82— W. R. Norton, H A. McDonnell, O. Ousdale, J. 
Pickering. 83— W. H. McGuire. 94— H. Austin, G. Brooks, F. J. Brown, M. 
Elliott, H. W. Pence, J. T. Speck, D. Trevitt, L. H. Walling. 95-Peter Matheson. 
103— A. B. Handley. 104-George Alkins, Leslie Rogers. 110— K. J. Bound. 
112-H. L. Bowman, O. W. Rombaugh. 119-D. E. Kearney. 129- John A. 
Aikens. 135-William Henry Walker. 138-L. Huddy, S. R. McNeill, C. Pierce, 
J. Laurie, George E. Balfour. 140— Joseph Raby. 155— Edward Lome Hood, 
James Richard. 184-D. W. McLaughlin. 203-A. D. Dickson. 205-W. E. Lans- 
downe. 212— Lou Sugar, Arthur Kagan, H. H. Berman. 217— J. E. Pountney, 
R. J. Miller, J. W. Fawbert. 219-Thomas Jolly. 222-D. L. Anderson, C. H. 
Haddleton, Wm. Stuart. 223-Howard Harbottle. 232-J. E. Mainprize. 
240-J. A. Lynberner. 241 -W. E. Andrews, J. C. Hilton. 243-R. M. Atkins. 
245-D. W. Panabaker, G. O. Rodgers, E. A. Simmen. 247-Mark Garrett, W. G. 
Poad, W. G. Holmes, W. McLaughlin. 249-W. A. Edger. 252-W. V. Atmore. 



146 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 

Owing to the death of M. Ex. Comp. George L. Gardiner our 
Historian and Reviewer, no report submitted for this period, refer- 
ence has been made by the Grand Z in his Address and Foreward 
preceding Review. 

GRAND HISTORIAN AND REVIEWER ELECTED 

Moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded by R. 
Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, and— 

Resolved— That Most Excellent Companion R. V. Conover be elected Grand 
Historian and Reviewer. 

COMMUNICATIONS AND GREETINGS 

Letters were received conveying Greetings and expressing re- 
grets for non-attendance from: — 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of British Columbia: M. 
Ex. Comp. Alex. E. Davidson, Grand Z. and M. Ex. Comp. E. B. 
Baker, P.G.Z. and Grand S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Alberta: M. Ex. 
Comps. Harold E. Bentley, and M. Ex. Comp. Sam Harris, P.G.Z. , 
G.Z.; F. W. Hand, P.G.Z., and S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Manitoba: M. Ex. 
Comp. Wyburn, Grand Z; T. S. Cook, P.G. Z. and Grand S.E. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick: M. Ex. 
Comp. C. Leonard Jenkins, G.Z. and M. Ex. Comp. Roy Crawford, 
P.G.Z. and Grand S.E. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Nova Scotia: M. Ex. 
Comp. Alex. B. Crook, G.H.P.; M. Ex. Comp. H. F. Sipprell, 
P.G.H.P., and Grand Sec. and M. Ex. Comp. Reg. V. Harris, 
P.G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Saskatchewan: M. Ex. 
Comp. John F. Lunney, Grand Z. and M. Ex. Comp. A. A. Wilson, 
P.G.Z., and Grand S.E. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Cali- 
fornia: M. Ex. Comps. Carl Moore, G.H.P. and Chester H. Newell, 
Grand Sec. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 147 

Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Con- 
necticut: M. Ex. Comps. William M. Wyman, G.H.P. and Bliss 
Clark, Grand Sec. 

The Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Illinois: M. Ex. 
Comps. Robert E. McLoud, G.H.P. ; Edward E. Core, Grand Sec. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of Iowa: R. 
Ex. Comp. Ed. S. Lofton, D.G.H.P. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of Louisiana: M. Ex. 
Comps. Chester B. Owen, G.H.P. and Lee W. Harris, Grand Sec. 

Grand Chapter of Maine Royal Arch Masons: M. Ex. Comps. 
I. James Merry, G.H.P. and Con vers E. Leach, Grand Sec. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Maryland: M. Ex. 
Comp. Smyrk, G.H.P. 

Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons State of Missouri: M. Ex. 
Comp. Ray V. Denslow, P.G.H.P. and Grand Secretary. 

The Most Excellent Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of 
the State of Montana: M. Ex. Comps. Ira W. Stam, G.H.P., Ralph 
N. Lodge, P.G.H.P. and Luther T. Hauberg, P.G.H.P. and Grand 
Secretary. 

The Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of the State of New 
Hampshire: M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Lakeman, G.H.P. 

The Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of New Jersey: M. Ex. 
Comp. Ray Holtz, G.H.P. 

The Grand Chapter of the State of New York Royal Arch 
Masons: M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Donovan, G.H.P., M. Ex. Comp. A. 
Elmo Cole, P.G.H.P. 

Grand Royal Arch Chapter of the State of Rhode Island and 
Providence Plantations: M. Ex. Comps. Harold W. Thatcher, 
G.H.P., Edward M. Wheeler, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Vermont Royal Arch Masons: M. Ex. Comps. 
Clayton S. Rice and Aaron H. Grout, Grand Secretary. 

Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of State of Wisconsin: 
M. Ex. Comp. Blaine D. Carlton, G.H.P. 

The General Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons: M. Ex. 



148 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Comps. Earl E. Dusenberry, G.G.H.P. and Roscoe R. Walcutt, 
General Grand Secretary. 

The Most Excellent Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons of 
Washington: M. Ex. Comps. Carl L. Swanson, G.H.P. and Walter 
H. Steffey, Grand Secretary. 

CONSIDERING NOTICE OF MOTION 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. A. G. N. Bradshaw, seconded 
by M. Ex. Comp. J. M. Burden. 

Resolved,— That Section 64, be amended by adding thereto at the end 
thereof: 

Section 64 will read:— The Committee shall consist of the Grand Z., the Past 
Grand Z's, the Grand H., (who shall be ex-officers President of the Committee) , 
the Grand J, the Grand Superintendents of Districts, the Grand Scribes, the 
Grand Treasurer and ten other members of Grand Chapter, five to be elected 
annually by ballot, and five to be appointed annually by the Grand Z, immedi- 
ately after the election and appointment of the Grand Officers. 

Any Companion who has been duly elected to this Committee and who hold 
a rank below that of Right Excellent Companion shall have, by virtue of such 
election, the rank of Past Grand Principal Sojourner. Any Companion who has 
been duly appointed to the Committee and who holds a rank below that of a 
Very Excellent Companion shall have, by virtue of such appointment the rank 
of Past Grand Senior Sojourner." 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 149 

OFFICERS INSTALLED AND INVESTED 

Most Ex. Comp. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E. installed and in- 
vested the newly elected officers of Grand Chapter, including the 
Grand Superintendents of the several District, and they were pro- 
claimed and saluted according to ancient custom. 

It was moved by R. Ex. Comp. J. A. M. Taylor, seconded by 
R. Ex. Comp. J. L. House, and— 

Resolved— That the thanks of the Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons 
of Canada be extended to the Credential Commitee for the efficient manner 
in which they discharged their duties, to the Scrutineers for their services in 
taking charge of the election of the officers; to the Installing Board under Most 
Ex. Comp. R. V. Conover, and to the Committee of the Convocation in Toronto, 
including the reception and entertainment of the delegates and their ladies 
who looked after the arrangements. 

APPOINTED TO OFFICE 

The following appointments have been made by Most Ex. 
Comp. Alexander G. N. Bradshaw: — 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 

9 Jane Street, Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Allan C. Mason, 

65 Hohner Ave., Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley St., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia, Ont. 

ASSISTANT OFFICERS-Appointed 

R. Ex. Comp. William S. M. Enouy Grand Lecturer 

512 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Arch Deacon William Henry Hartley Assistant Grand Chaplain 

Durham, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William J. Black Grand Senior Sojourner 

10 Fielding Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

V. Ex. Comp. John W. Sheard Grand Junior Sojourner 

424 Oakwood Ave., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Smith Grand Sword Bearer 

London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Craig Leith Grand Master 4th Veil 

27 South Oval Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Allan Burnside Grand Master 3rd Veil 

Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. 
V. Ex. Comp. S. Fred Hutchinson Grand Master 2nd Veil 

12 Ritchie Ave., Toronto, Ont. 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



V. Ex. Comp. Charles F. Griffenham Grand Master 1st Veil 

Guelph, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Martin Shiells Grand Standard Bearer 

365 Bruce St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Charles William Mcintosh Grand Director of Ceremonies 

Ottawa, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. George Henry Finn Asst. Grand Director of Ceremonies 

159 First St., Collingwood, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Griffin Grand Organist 

c/o Tech-Hughes Gold Mines Ltd., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Gilchrist Grand Pursuivant 

Blenheim, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. John Hadden Grand Steward 

R.R. No. 2, Oakville. 
V. Ex. Comp. Alfred C. Folmer Grand Steward 

115 Iroquois Ave., London, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. William Johnstone Grand Steward 

81 Orchard Ave., Simcoe, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harvey R. Baer Grand Steward 

24 Bond St., Gait, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Ian Watson McConachie Grand Steward 

58 Reid Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James Keith Taylor Grand Steward 

Mitchell, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert B. White Grand Steward 

354 Catherine St., Port Colborne, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Leslie A. Woolger Grand Steward 

27 Glenmount Park Rd„ Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Frank Ernest Johnson Grand Steward 

2015 Eglinton Ave. W., Toronto, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Edward John Wilmink Grand Steward 

Campbellford, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Harper Rollins Grand Steward 

Mill St., Stirling, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Robert M. Armstrong Grand Steward 

30 First St. W., Cornwall, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. Wilbert E. Bennett Grand Steward 

Smiths Falls, Ont. 
V. Ex. Comp. James S. H. Colbert Grand Steward 

617 First St. S., Kenora, Ont. 

Comp. James Strachan Grand Outer Guard 

9 Archer St., Toronto, Ont. 




The labours of the Annual Convo- 
cation being ended, Grand Chapter 
was closed in Ample Form at 12:25 p.m., 
Toronto, Ontario, Thursday, April 26, 
1951. 



Grand Scribe E. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 151 

On Tuesday evening, April 24th, 1951, the Grand Z., M. Ex. 
Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts invited his Council, Executive 
Committee and Grand Chapter Officers to a Dinner in honour of 
his Distinguished Guests. 

Wednesday evening, April 25th, 1951, the Annual Banquet 
was held in the Crystal Ballroom, King Edward Hotel. This was 
the highlight of our Convocation; over 450 Companions and ladies 
were present. The speaker of the evening was the celebrated 
Canadian Radio Commentator John Fisher. His ready amusing 
wit and humor held his audience in a very happy and contented 
state of mind. 

Miss Jean McLeod, soloist, sang some very entertaining and 
pleasing numbers. She was accompanied at the piano by our 
Veteran Pianist Comp. Charles Musgrave. 

Special mention and thanks are extended to the Committee 
in charge of the Convocation for their untiring efforts in making 
the 93rd Annual Convocation successful. 

Numerous messages were received from our Sister Jurisdictions 
congratulating our Grand Chapter. 

Our visiting Delegates were given an opportunity to bring 
greetings, etc., from their respective Grand Bodies; each gave an 
interesting and informative few minutes talk. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 

PRESIDENT 

R. Ex. Comp. John Alexander MacDonald Taylor Grand H. 

R.R. No. 1, Hornby, Ont. 

BY VIRTUE OF OFFICE 

M. Ex. Comp. Alexander George Noel Bradshaw 

655 Waterloo Street, London, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens, K.C., Grand Z., 1939 1940-1942 

52 Markland Street, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. John M. Burden, K.C., Grand Z., 1943-1914 Grand Treasurer 

126 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Col. Reg. V. E. Conover, O.B.E., Grand Z., 1945-1946 

Brampton, Ont. 
M Ex. Comp. Frederick William Dean, Grand Z., 1947-1948 

244 Holton Avenue South, Hamilton, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Clarence MacLeod Pitts, 

Kenniston Apartments, Ottawa, Ont. 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, Hon. Grand Z, 1941 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto 9, Ont. 



152 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

R. Ex. Comp. John Loftus House Grand J. 

14 Pearson Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fred J. Johnson Grand Scribe E. 

400 Lake Promenade, Long Branch, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Samuel Scott Grand Scribe N. 

477 Dundas St., London, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Honorary 

R. Ex. Comp. Oliver Ellwood, 

137 John Street, London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Archie D. Maclntyre, 

1048 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Elected 

R. Ex. Comp. Benjamin Foss Nott, 

North Bay, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. William Bailie Stothers, 

485 Queen's Ave., London, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Kenneth Norman Carrie, 

1905 A Queen Street East, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert Clark, 

134 Cumberland Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Maurice Arthur Searle, 

Apt. 309, 51 Grosvenor St., Toronto, Ont. 

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE-Appointetl 

R. Ex. Comp. Bruce H. Smith, 

9 Jane Street, Belleville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Allan C. Mason, 

65 Hohner Ave., Kitchener, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Fergus A. McDiarmid, 

357 Waverley St., Ottawa, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Camelford, 

404 Lock Street, Dunnville, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. James Howard Coleman, 

104 Lincoln Park Ave., Sarnia, Ont. 

BENEVOLENT COMMITTEE 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
M. Ex. Comp. Roderick B. Dargavel, 

234 Evelyn Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. DeForest Charles Patmore, 

121 Peter Street North, Orillia, Ont. 
R. Ex. Comp. Robert N. McElhinney, 

69 Fuller Avenue, Toronto, Ont. 

GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 

(Members of the Executive Committee by Virtue of Office) 
(As listed on Pages) 

SUB COMMITTEES 
GRAND Z'S ADDRESS 

M. Ex. Comps. Llewellyn F. Stephens (Chairman), J. M. Burden, R. V. 
Conover, F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts, R. B. Dargavel. 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 153 

BENEVOLENCE 

R. E. Comp. D. C. Patmore (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. R. B. Dargavel, 
R.Ex. Comp. R. N. McElhinney. 

WARRANTS AND DISPENSATIONS 

R. E. Comp. B.F. Nott (Chairman), R. E. Comps. F. Wills, L. L. Mansfield. 

PRINTING AND SUPPLIES 

R. Ex. Comp. M. A. Searle (Chairman), Grand Scribe E., R. Ex. Comp. S. 
Perlman. 

FINANCE 

R. Ex. Comp. K. N. Carrie (Chairman) , Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 
Grand Scribe E., Chairman of Committee on Investments, the Auditor (Ex. 
Officio) , M. Ex. Comps. R. V. Conover, F. W. Dean, C. M. Pitts. 

INVESTMENTS 

R. Ex. Comp. A. C. Mason (Chairman) , Grand Council, Grand Treasurer, 
Grand Scribe E. 

GRIEVANCES AND APPEALS 

M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens, K.C. (Chairman), M. Ex. Comp. R. V. 
Conover, R. Ex. Comp. F. Eastwood. 

CONSTITUTION, LAWS AND JURISPRUDENCE 

M. Ex. Comp. Llewellyn F. Stephens (Chairman) . 

CONDITIONS OF CAPITULAR MASONRY 

R. Ex. Comp. W. B. Stothers (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. C. P. Eagles, 
E. T. Nayler, E. T. Wood, J. G. Maroosis, C. H. Chapman. 

FRATERNAL DEAD 

R. Ex. Comp. R. Clark (Chairman), R. Ex. Comps. L. F. Crothers, T. 
Camelford, F. J. Armstrong, D. A. Cox, K. M. MacLennan, O. M. Krick. 

FRATERNAL CORRESPONDENCE 

M. Ex. Comp. Col. R. V. E. Conover (Chairman). 

MILEAGE AND PER DIEM 

R. Ex. Comp. A. D. Maclntyre (Chairman), R. Ex. Comp. B. Smith. 

EDUCATION AND INSTRUCTION 

M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts (Chairman), Grand Council, Past Grand Z's, 
R. Ex. Comps. W. S. M. Enouy, J. H. Coleman. 

SPECIAL GENERAL COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP 

R. Ex. Comps. F. A. McDiarmid (Chairman) , A. Pickles, H. O. Taylor, 
L. N. Armstrong, F. Ryder, A. S. McLean. 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chapter 



Ancient Frontenac & 

Cataraqui 

The Hiram 

St. John's 

St. Andrew & St. John 

St. George's 

St. John's 

The Moira 

King Solomon's 

Wawanosh 

Carleton 

Oxford 

Mount Moriah 

Mount Horeb 

Grenville 

Ezra 

Tecumseh 

St. Mark's 

Manitcu 

Pentalpha 

McCallum 

Huron 

Prince Edward 

Waterloo 

Signet 

Keystone 

Corinthian 

Victoria 

Guelph 

Harris 

Mount Sinai 

Excelsior 

St. James .' 

Wellington 

St. John's 

Bruce 

Palestine 

Niagara 

Georgian 

King Hiram 

Pembroke 

Sussex-St. Lawrence . . 

Granite 

York 

Havelock 

Willson 

St. Paul's 

The Malloch 

Enterprise 

Maitland 

Grimsby 

Prince of Wales 

Keystone 

Erie 

Beaver 

St. Clair 

Mount Nebo 

Occident 

Minnewawa 

Orient 

Ark 

Aylmer 

Shuniah 

Ionic 



Where Held 



Kingston 

Hamilton 

London 

Toronto 

London 

Hamilton 

Belleville 

Toronto 

Sarnia 

Ottawa 

Woodstock 

St. Catharines 

Brantford 

Prescott 

Simcoe 

Stratford 

Trenton 

Coliingwood 

Oshawa 

Dunnville 

Goderich 

Picton 

Gait 

Barrie 

Whitby 

Peterboro 

Port Hope 

Guelph 

Ingersoll 

Napanee 

Colborne 

St. Mary's 

Chatham 

Cobourg 

Petrolia 

St. Thomas 

Niagara-on-the-Lake 

Owen Sound 

Port Colborne 

Mattawa 

Brockville 

Almonte 

Toronto 

Kincardine 

Welland 

Toronto 

Seaforth 

Palmerston 

Kemptville 

Grimsby 

Amherstburg 

Stirling 

Ridgetown 

Strathroy 

Milton 

Niagara Falls 

Toronto 

Parkhill 

Toronto 

Windsor 

Aylmer 

Port Arthur 

Orangeville 



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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
CHAPTER RETURNS 



Name of Chapter 



Lebanon 

MacNabb 

Golden 

Toronto-Antiquity 

Midland 

Tuscan 

Algonquin 

St. John's 

White Oak 

Warkworth 

St. John's 

Covenant 

Bonnechere 

Brant 

Maple 

Kitchener 

King Cyrus 

Elliot 

Chantry 

Amabel 

Leeds 

St. Francis 

King Darius 

Succoth 

Shekinah 

Fort William 

Glengarry .' 

Presqu'Ile 

The St. Patrick . . . 

Bernard 

Lucknow 

St. John's 

Atwood 

London 

Laurentian 

Alberton 

Sombra 

Klondike 

Ancaster 

Madoc 

The Beaches 

Lome 

Kichikewana 

Ionic 

Temiskaming 

The Hamilton . . . . 
Hugh Murray. . . . 

Peel 

Couchiching 

Cobalt 

Victoria 

Kitchener 

Mount Sinai 

Northern lights. . 

Vimy 

Mimico 

St. Alban's 

Prince Edward . . . 

Ulster 

Lebanon 

Durham 

Ottawa 

Abitibi 



Where Held 



Wingham 

Dresden 

Kenora 

Toronto 

Lindsay 

Sudbury 

Sault Ste. Marie 

North Bay 

Oakville 

Warkworth 

Morrisburg 

Cornwall 

Renfrew 

Paris 

Carleton Place . . 

Kitchener 

Leamington . . . . 

Mitchell 

Southampton . . . 

Wiarton 

Gananoque 

Smiths Falls 
Cannington .... 

Uxbridge 

Toronto 

Fort William . . . 

Maxville 

Brighton 

Toronto 

Listowel 

Lucknow 

Vankleek Hill . . 
Rainy River 

London 

Pembroke 

Fort Frances . . . 
Wallaceburg 
Dawson City . . . 

Ancaster 

Madoc 

Toronto 

West Lome .... 

Midland 

Campbellford . . . 
New Liskeard . . 

Hamilton 

Fort Erie N. . . . 

Brampton 

Orillia 

Cobalt 

Thornhill 

Russell 

Toronto 

Timmins 

In wood 

Mimico 

Toronto 

Shelburne 

Toronto 

I ambton Mills . 

Durham 

Ottawa 

Iroquois Falls . . 



Regular Convocation 



Third Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday . . . 
Fourth Wednesday . 

Third Monday 

Third Thursday . . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Friday 

First Thursday 
Third Wednesday . . 
Second Wednesday . 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday . 
Third Monday. . . . 
Third Monday .... 
First Wednesday . . 

First Friday 

Second Wednesday 

First Tuesday 

First Tuesday 

Last Tuesday 

Fourth Tuesday . . . 

Third Friday 

Third Wednesday . , 
Second Thursday . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Monday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Tuesday 

Third Friday , 

Second Friday 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Friday 

Third Thursday. . . 
Third Tuesday 
Third Thursday . . . 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Monday 

Third Thursday . . . 
Third Tuesday 
Fourth Monday . . . 

First Monday 

Third Friday 

Fourth Friday 

Third Monday 

First Wednesday . . . 
Third Tuesday 
Second Tuesday . . . 

First Tuesday 

Second Friday 

Third Tuesday 
First Wednesday . . 

First Friday 

First Tuesday 

Third Wednesday . . 
Second Monday . . . 
First Wednesday . . . 
Third Wednesday . . 
Second Wednesday . 
Fourth Thursday . . 
Third Wednesday . . 
Third Thursday . . . 
Second Thursday . . 
Fourth Friday 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 
CHAPTER RETURNS TO 31 DECEMBER, 1950 



157 



First Principal Z. 
for Year 1951 



R. A. Coutts 

Stanley Jones 

T. Hutton 

Chas. Litherland . . 
George McCombe . 

Wm. McKee 

I. L. Robertson . . . 
John Smorthwaite . 
Morley Keegan . . . 
Harry S. Ewing . . 

W. S. Weegar 

George W. Shaw . . 
G. R. Ledingham 

J. S. Powell 

R. C. Wilson 

W. J. Stoner 

Elmer Haikala 
Norman Coveney 

M. Elliott 

C. H. Whicher 

Harold McCalpin 

W. M. Veale 

M. Morrison 

E. R. Fairman 

E. E. Dobson 

J. H. Hearn 

C. B. McDermid . 

R. J. Virgin 

E. A. Colwell 

N. S. Van Camp . 
George Kennedy . 
Wm. McCaskill . . 
A. E. MacLean . . 

L. A. Steels 

S. J. Hunt 

R. H. Larson .... 
V. F. Richardson . 
K. D. McRae . . . 

E. L. Walker 

Tom Lloyd 

T. Middleton 

Ronald Beattie . . 
J. A. Thomas .... 
T. H. Burgis 

A. S. Kitchen. . . . 

D. S. Stephens. . . 
Wm. Rostron .... 
J. A. McCleave . . 

B. C. Lamble 

James Campbell . 
Robert A. Marsh 



Harold Hands . . 
J. M. Martin . . 
Burton Johnson 
A. E. Shelley . . . 
James Turnbull . 
Willis Tippin . . . 
Jan.es Symes . . . 
A. A. Beckett . . 

F. O. Abbott . . . 
D. G. Hewer . . . 

G. L. Cameron . 



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J. A. Rutherford . . 

C. W. King 

C. H. Quinton .... 

J. B. Wallace 

F. S. Crichton .... 

P. A. Coates 

M. C. Garrow .... 
Dr. B. F. Nott . . . 
John G. Hadden . . 
O. B. Phillips 

F. H. Broder 

E. T. Robertson . . 

H. Young 

H. J. Broughton . . 
M. W. Rogers .... 
W. R. Cooper .... 

G. Bloomfield 

F. Porterfield 

H. Yates 

G. G. Sinclair 

J. N. MacMillan . . 
C. A. Bailey 

F. H. Moore 

J. K. Noble 

E. A. Snell 

Frank Ryder 

G. H. MacDougall 

C. A. Wilson 

J. R. Legecy 

W. H. Sargent 

A. C. Agnew 

Dr. D. A. Irvine . . 

Wm. Hirst 

G. T. E. Martin . . 

C. W. Fraser 

J. B. Edgar 

John Burnett 

C. H. Chapman. . . 
John McNiece . . . . 

E. T. Nayler 

W. A. Stanley 

Arthur Smith 

J. H. Olmsted 

W. H. Brady 

Karl Budan 

D. L. Ewing 

J. A. Bell 

E. A. Hay 

H. K. Maynard . . . 
H. O. Armstrong . . 

H. S. Sparks 

A.Walker 

S. J. Sword 

T. Small 

J. S. Maddock 

T. B. Rouers 

John A. Mackie. . . 

S. Patterson 

G. C. Macdonell . . 

W. M. Creech 

H. C. MoKecknie . 

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GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
CHAPTER RETURNS 



No. 


Name of Chapter 


Where Held 


Regular Convocation 


224 








225 








226 




Perth 


Third Thursday 


227 




Belleville 

Port Credit 




230 






231 


The St. Clair 


Toronto 

Toronto 

Toronto 




232 




Third Tuesday 


233 






234 




Third Friday 


235 






Third Friday . . 


236 








238 


The St Andrew 


London 




239 






240 








241 




Toronto 

Lambeth 




242 






243 






245 




Preston 

Weston 

Nilestown 

Arnprior 

Bowmanville 


Third Tuesday 


246 




Third Friday 


247 




Third Thursday 


248 


Dochert 




249 




250 






251 








252 




Sarnia 




253 






254 




Dryden 

Tillsonburg 


Third Monday 


255 




First Tuesday 


256 


Yukon . 


First Wednesday 











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CHAPTER RETURNS TO 31 DECEMBER, 1950 



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Fred H. Carter 

Gordon Lindsay .... 

O. H. Gough 

C. E. Falardean 

James A. Code 

Harry McAllister . . . 
W. J. Hannah 


J. S. Drysdale 

A. T. Thorpe 

L. V. Wood 

W. M. Barlow 

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John H. Lee 

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John Johnson 

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RESTORATIONS - 1950 

Chapter No. 1— William M. Moore. 4— E. L. Teale. 5— J. A. Johnston, D. M. 
Sutherland, Ernest Green, Asa Wardle, Edward Wilkins, J. M. Rice. 8— Frederick 
Midgley. 15— J. E. Burge, D. K. Buchanan, G. R. Cooper, 16-H. W. G. Baugh. 
18-George Linell. 19-T. B. Griffin,. 28-John M. Ashby. 32-G. C. Main. 
34-Bruce E. Keill. 53-Kenneth G. Manley. 54-J. H. Crocker. 59-A. B. Mac- 
Innes, G. E. Ross, A. C. Tousau. 68— S. L. Render. 74— Meredith C. Morgan. 
76-Wra. Bromhall, George Bradley. 77— S. C. Moore. 80-A. J. Brush, J. Nash, 
A. E. Wallace. 91 -R. J. Espie. 94-M. Elliott, W. A. Davis. 95-T. J. Kennedy. 
110-R. M. Potter. 135-W. J. Lee. 138-H. J. Humphrey. 140— J. W. Wells. 
144-T. R. Peister. 145-John A. Carter. 148-George Chalmers. 150-Alfred 
Sheere, John Hamilton, George W. Fish. 152— James J. Moore. 153— John C. 
Reid. 161 -Henry C. Lloyd, Robert McCoy. 169-A. L. Throop. 205-George 
Topper. 212-Lou Sugar. 217-Clifford W. Rogers. 219-Archie Foster. 221- 
Sidney Cook. 227. L. R. Poulin. 231 -T. S. Russell. 247-W. E. McLaughlin. 
250-Harold C. Dunsmore. 



160 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ST. CLAIR DISTRICT, No. 1 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Frank Joseph Armstrong 
1095 Pelissier Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

No. No. 

47. Wellington Chatham 119. King Cyrus Leamington 

71. Prince of Wales Amherstburg 153. Sombra Wallaceburg 

73. Erie Ridgetown 164. Lome West Lome 

80. Ark Windsor 239. Blenheim Blenheim 

88. MacNabb Dresden 250. Thomas Peters Windsor 

LONDON DISTRICT, No. 2 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Arnold Stewart McLean, 
Box 574, Petrolia, Ont. 

No. No. 

3 St. John's London 81. Aylmer Aylmer 

5. St. George's London 150. London London 

15. Wawanosh Sarnia 214. Vimy Inwood 

53. Bruce Petrolia 238. The St. Andrew London 

54. Palestine St. Thomas 242. St. Paul's Lambeth 

74. Beaver Strathroy 247. Nilestown Nilestown 

78. Minnewawa Parkhill 252. Hiawatha Sarnia 

WILSON DISTRICT, No. 3 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Lyle Leland Mansfield 
Box 815, Ingersoll, Ont. 

No. No. 

18. Oxford Woodstock 41. Harris Ingersoll 

20. Mount Horeb Brantford 115. Brant Paris 

23. Ezra , Simcoe 253. Regal Port Dover 

255. Tillsonburg Tillsonburg 

WELLINGTON DISTRICT, No. 4 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. David Albert Cox, 
Box 195, Palmerston, Ont. 

No. No. 

32. Waterloo Gait 218. Prince Edward Shelburne 

40. Guelph Guelph 221. Durham Durham 

67. Enterprise Palmerston 234. Halton Georgetown 

83. Ionic Orangeville 245. Preston Preston 

117. Kitchener Kitchener 

HAMILTON DISTRICT, No. 5 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Fred Eastwood, 
46 Rosslynn Ave. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

No. No. 

2. The Hiram Hamilton 175. The Hamilton Hamilton 

6 St. John's Hamilton 224. Keystone Hamilton 

75. St. Clair Milton 236. Caledonia Caledonia 

104. White Oak Oakville 243. McKay Stoney Creek 

155. Ancaster Ancaster 



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HURON DISTRICT, No. 6 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. K. Murray MacLennan, 
Wingham, Ont. 

No. No. 

24. Tecumseth Stratford 84. Lebanon Wingham 

20. Huron Goderich 129. Elliot Mitchell 

46. St. James St. Marys 130. Chantry Southampton 

63. Havelock Kincardine 146. Bernard Listowel 

66. The Malloch Seaforth 147. Lucknow Lucknow 

NIAGARA DISTRICT, No. 7 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Orland Merritt Krick, 
Box 42, Dunnville, Ont. 

No. No. 

19. Mt. Moriah St. Catharines 69. Grimsby Grimsby 

29. McCallum Dunnville 76. Mount Nebo Niagara Falls 

55. Niagara Niagara-on-the-Lake 184. Hugh Murray Fort Erie N. 

57. King Hiram Pt. Colborne 240. Smithville Smithville 

64. Willson Welland 

TORONTO EAST DISTRICT, No. 8 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Arthur Pickles, 
7 Glen Robert Dr., Toronto 13, Ont. 

No. No. 

4. St. Andrew & St. John .... Toronto 163. The Beaches Toronto 

8. King Solomon's Toronto 205. Victoria ' Thornhill 

62. York Toronto 217. St. Alban's Toronto 

65. St. Paul's Toronto 225. Beaver Toronto 

79. Orient Toronto 235. Aurora Aurora 

135. Succoth Uxbridge 241. University Toronto 

145. The St. Patrick Toronto 

TORONTO WEST DISTRICT, No. 8A 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Samuel Perlman, 
18 Highbourne Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

No. No. 

77. Occident Toronto 220. Lebanon Lambton Mills 

91. Toronto Antiquity Toronto 230. Port Credit Port Credit 

138. Shekinah Toronto 231. The St. Clair Toronto 

195. Peel Brampton 232. King Cyrus Toronto 

212. Mount Sinai Toronto 233. Oakwood Toronto 

215. Mimico Mimico 246. Humber Weston 

219. Ulster Toronto 

GEORGIAN DISTRICT, No. 9 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Charles Percival Eagles, 
46 Quebec St., Midland, Ont. 

No. No. 

27. Manitou Collingwood 131. Amabel Wiarton 

34. Signet Bairie 1647. Kichikewana Midland 

56. Georgian Owen Sound 198. Couchiching Orillia 



162 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 10 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Hamilton Olley Taylor, 
365 College St., Cobourg, Ont. 

No. No. 

28. Pentalpha Oshawa 94. Midland Lindsay 

35. Keystone Whitby 110. Warkworth Warkworth 

36. Corinthian Peterboro 134. King Darius Cannington 

37. Victoria Port Hope 168. Ionic Campbellford 

45. Excelsior Colborne 249. Palestine Bowmanville 

48. St. John's Cobourg 

PRINCE EDWARD DISTRICT, No. 11 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Edwin Thomas Nayler, 
Box 185, Madoc, Ont. 

No. No. 

7. The Moira Belleville 72. Keystone Stirling 

26. St. Mark's Trenton 144. Presqu'Ile Brighton 

31. Prince Edward Picton 161. Madoc Madoc 

44. Mount Sinai Napanee 227. Quinte Fiiendship Belleville 

ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT, No. 12 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Lawrence Noble Armstrong, 
146 Wellington St., Kingston, Ont. 

No. No. 

1. Ancient Frontenac & Cataraqui 68. Maitland Kemptville 

Kingston 112. St. John's Morrisburg 

22. Grenville Prescott 113. Covenant Cornwall 

59. Sussex-St. Lawrence Brockville 132. Leeds Gananoque 

OTTAWA DISTRICT, No. 13 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Edgar Troy Wood, 
Westmeath, Pembroke, Ont. 

No. No. 

16. Carleton Ottawa 148. St. John's Vankleek Hill 

61. Granite Almonte 151. Laurentian Pembroke 

114. Bonnechere Renfrew 210 Kitchener Russell 

116. Maple Carleton Place 222. Ottawa Ottawa 

133. St. Francis Smiths Falls 226. Prince of Wales Perth 

143. Glengarry Maxville 248. Dochert Arnprior 

ALGOMA DISTRICT, No 14 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Frank Ryder, 
1428 Hamilton Ave., Fort William, Ont. 

No. No. 

82. Shuniah Port Arthur 149. Atwood Rainy River 

90. Golden Kenora 152. Alberton Ft. Frances 

140. Ft. William Ft. William 254. Golden Star Dryden 



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NEW ONTARIO DISTRICT, No. 15 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. James George Maroosis, 
106 Main St. E., North Bay, Ont. 

No. No. 

58. Pembroke Mattawa 102. Algonquin Sault Ste. Marie 

95. Tuscan Sudbury 103. St. John's North Bay 

TEMISKAMING DISTRICT, No. 16 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. Frank Wills, 
31 Second Ave., Schumacher, Ont. 

No. No. 

169. Temiskaming New Liskeard 223. Abitibi Iroquois Falls 

203. Cobalt Cobalt 251. Kirkland Kirkland Lake 

213. Northern Lights Timmins 

YUKON TERRITORY DISTRICT, No. 17 

Grand Superintendent— R. Ex. Comp. C. H. Chapman, 
Dawson City, Yukon Territory 

154. Klondike Dawson, Y.T. 

256 Yukon Whitehorse, Y.T. 



164 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

FIRST PRINCIPALS OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES 
AND ADDRESSES, 1951 

Chapter No. 

1. T. H. L. Payne, 597 Johnson St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. W. K. Scobbie, 27 Paradise Rd. N., Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Chas. G. Smuck, R.R. No. 1, Arva, Ont 

4. Harold J. Clapham, Thorncrest Village, Islington, Ont. 

5. William T. Newman, 59 Albion St., London, Ont. 

6. Frank R. Feaver, 526 Maple Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Stanley H .Lennox, 265 Bleecker Ave., Belleville, Ont. 

8. William Kewn, 34 Northview Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

15. W. J. Southcombe, 357 Davis St., Sarnia, Ont. 

16. William J. Neville, 26 Belmont Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. George L. Nutt, 13 Beal St., Woodstock, Ont. 

19. Chas. M. Porter, 21 Marquis St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. Harold L. Flood, 217 Nelson St., Brantford, Ont. 

22. I. C. Hogan, Spencerville, Ont. 

23. Leslie Adams, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. G. A. Dale, R.R. No. 5, Stratford, Ont. 

26. Harold F. Burke, 105 Byron St., Trenton, Ont. 

27. Burton M. Conron, 537 Hurontario St., Collingwood, Ont. 

28. J. F. Riley, 900 Mason St., Oshawa, Ont. 

29. A. W. Dayman, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. William W. Ross, Goderich, Ont. 

31. G. E. Mason, Picton, Ont. 

32. James Weepers, 10 Brook St., Gait, Ont. 

34. J. A. Dawson, Barrie, Ont. 

35. H. F. Elms, Whitby, Ont. 

36. C. V. Elliott, 528 Homewood Ave., Peterborough, Ont. 

37. C. Percy McElroy, 80 Strachan St., Port Hope, Ont. 

40. I. W. McNaughton, 58 Lyon Ave., Guelph, Ont. 

41. B. Sheldon, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. Wallace Hogeboom, Napanee, Ont. 

45. F. J. Cochrane, R.R. No. 2, Colborne, Ont. 

46. J. Ross Elgie, Belton, Ont. 

47. John McKaigue, 21 Patterson Ave., Chatham, Ont. 

48. Hubert J. Cooye, 375 King St. W., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. L. A. Mcllwraith Petrolia, Ont. 

54. E. J. Gellatly, 19 Regent St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. E. Chase, R.R. No. 3, St. Catharines, Ont 

56 E. R. Campbell, 426 12th St. W., Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. R. J. Brooks, 368 Sugarloaf St., Port Colborne, Ont. 

58. 

59. C. H. Orr, Brockville, Ont. 

61. Harold Proctor, Almonte, Ont. 

62. William Clark, 45 Craighurst Ave., Toronto, Ont., 

63. I. Speiran, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. Gordon K. Brown, 26 Edgar St., Welland, Ont. 

65. R. P Sibbald, 14 Chatsworth Dr., Apt. 203, Toronto, Ont. 

66. Melvin E. Clarke, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. J. H. Wells, Palmertson, Ont. 

68. Dr. L. G. Coleman, Kemptville, Ont. , 

69. James Oldfield, Vinemount, Ont. 

71. J. W. D. Wilson, Essex, Ont. 

72. Ivan Caldwell, Stirling, Ont. 

73. J. D. Linline, R.R. No. 3, Thamesville, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

74. C. J. Smith, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Ford Hayward, Milton, Ont. 

76. R. E. Vilneff, 2078 Valley Way, Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. Wm. Shearer, 1727 Dufferin St., Toronto, Ont. 

78. John Gibbs, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. Albert Brown, 5 Gamble Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

80. J. H. Ruse, 383 Caron Ave., Windsor, Ont 

81. Basil Learn, R.R. No. 3, St. Thomas, Ont. 

82. T. Bonthron, 48 Hull Ave., Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. Willis N. Richardson, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. R. A. Coutts, Wingham, Ont. 
88. Stanley Jones, Florence, Ont. 

90. T. Hutton, Kenora, Ont. 

91. Chas. Litherland, 147 Pinewood Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

94. George McCombe, 4 St. Peter St., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. William McKee, Creighton Mine, Ont. 

102. I. L. Robertson, 3 Front St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. John Smorthwaite, 1778 Cassels St., North Bay, Ont. 

104. Morley Keegan, Oakville, Ont. 
110. Harry S. Ewing, Woller, Ont. 

112. W. S. Weegar, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. George W. Shaw, 11 Courtaulds Cottage, Cornwall, Opt. 

114. G. R. Ledingham, Renfrew, Ont. 

115. John S. Powell, R.R. No. 3, Paris, Ont. 

116. R. C. Wilson, Bridge St., Carleton Place, Ont., 

117. W. J. Stoner, 102 Park St., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Elmer Haikala, Wheatley, Ont. 

129. Norman Coveney, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. M. Elliott, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. C. H. Whicher, R.R. No. 6, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. Harold McCalpin, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. W. M. Veale, 45 McGill St., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. Murdo Morrison, Pefferlaw, Ont. 

135. E. R. Fairman, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. E. E. Dobson, 249 Blackthorn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

140. J. H. Hearn, 218 Francis St. East, Fort William, Ont. 

143. C. B. McDermid, Maxville, Ont. 

144. R. J. Virgin, Colborne, Ont. 

145. E. A. Colwell, 5 Billings Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

146. N. S. VanCamp, Listowel, Ont. 

147. George Kennedy, R.R. No. 1, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. William McCaskill, R.R. No. 2. Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. A. E. MacLean, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. L. A. Steels, 1060 Patricia St., London, Ont. 

151. S. J. Hunt, R.R. No. 5, Pembroke, Ont. 

152 R. H. Larson, 710 Wright Ave., Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. V. F. Richardson, 312 Duncan St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. K. D. McRae, Dawson, Yukon 

155. E. L. Walker, R.R. No. 4, Hamilton, Ont. 
161. Tom Lloyd, Bannockburn, Ont. 

163. T. Middleton, 9 Hollywood Cresc, Toronto, Ont. 

164. Ronald Beattie, Rodney, Ont. 

167. T. A. Thomas, 152 Hannah St., Midland, Ont. 

168. T. H. Burgis, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. A. S. Kitchen, New Liskeard, Ont 

175. D. S. Stephens, 65 Stanley Ave., Hamilton, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

184. Wm. Rostron, 38 Phipps St., Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. J. A. McCleave, 250 Queen St. West, Brampton, Ont. 

198. B. C. Lamble, Orillia, Ont. 

203. James Campbell, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Robert A. Marsh, Richmond Hill, Ont. 

210. 

212. Harold Hands, 220 Richview Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

213. J. M. Martin, 121 Hart St., Timmins, Ont. 

214. Burton Johnson, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. A. E. Shelley, 16 Warden St., Mimico, Ont. 

217. James Turnbull, 377 O'Connor Dr., Toronto 6, Ont. 

218. Willis Tipping, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. James Symes, 72 Hiawatha Ave., Toronto Island, Ont. 

220. A. A. Beckett, 230 Humbercrest Blvd., Toronto, Ont. 

221. F. O. Abbott, Durham, Ont. 

222. D. G. Hewer, 29 Warwick Place, Ottawa, Ont. 

223. G. L. Cameron, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. Bert Lankester, Freeman, P.O., Ont. 

225. Fred H. Carter, King Edward Hotel, Room 897, Toronto, Ont. 

226. Gordon Lindsay, Perth, Ont. 

227. O. H. Gough, Foxboro, Ont. 

230. C. E. Falardean, Port Credit, Ont. 

231. James A. Code, 207 St. Germaine Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Harry McAllister, 223 Nairn Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. W. J. Hannah, 262 Rhodes Ave., Toronto 

234. Jack Lucas, Glen Williams, Ont. 

235. G. A. C. Gunton, Aurora, Ont. 

236. H. S. Merrall, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. Cecil Baker, 37 Riverview Ave., London, Ont. 

239. George Monkhouse, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. George Waines, R.R. No. 2, St. Anns, Ont. 

241. H. S. Biggs, 463 Hillsdale Ave., Toronto Ont. 

242. Jacob E. Terry, Lambeth, Ontario. 

243. A. Winterbottom, R.R. No. 1, Fruitland, Ont. 

245. F. H. Walkey, 443 Middle St., Preston, Ont. 

246. H. J. Rees, 45 Robert St. West, Toronto, Ont. 

247. L. J. Gent, P.O. Box 60, Dorchester, Ont. 

248. A. F. Lampole, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. N. A. Wilkins, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. A. W. MacMillan, 2223 Kildare Rd., Windsor, Ont. 

251. R. McLenaghan, 5 Duncan Ave., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. G. Phillips, 199 N. Victoria St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Oscar Sutor, Brantord, Ont. 

254. Arthur Arnold, 106 Arthur St. Dryden, Ont. 

255. Rev. R. D. MacDonald, The Manse, Tillsonburg. 

256. R. J. Meek, P.O. Box 388, Whitehorse, Y.T. 



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SCRIBES E. OF CONSTITUENT CHAPTERS, NAMES AND 
ADDRESSES, 1951 

Chapter No. 

1. T. N. Clarke, 173 MacDonnell St., Kingston, Ont. 

2. J. Herbert Forbes, 24 Binkley Cresc, Hamilton, Ont. 

3. Jas. A. Elgie, 907 Lome Ave., London, Ont. 

4. Robt. J. Gray, 70 Beechborough Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

5. Abraham Cavanagh, 585 St. James St., London, Ont. 

6. John E. Grady, 85 Balmoral Ave. S., Hamilton, Ont. 

7. Lome E. Vaughn, Belleville, Ont. 

8. Stanley G. Tinker, 31 Wilfrid Ave., Toronto 12, Ont. 

15. E. L. Treitz, 455 Cromwell St., Sarnia, Ont. 

16. F. A. McDiarmid, 357 Waverley St., Ottawa, Ont. 

18. Alex. Wishart, 448 Dundas St., Apt. 3, Woodstock, Ont. 

19. A. E. Coombs, 197 Church St., St. Catharines, Ont. 

20. R. W. E. McFadden, 4 Hart St., Brantford, Ont. 
22 E. A. Cook, Prescott, Ont. 

23. W. F. Tyrrell, 240 Kent St. South, Simcoe, Ont. 

24. Geo. S. Atkins, 257 Ontario St., Stratford, Ont. 

26. Frank W. Sherbert, 116 King St., Trenton, Ont. 

27. R. H. Davidson, 361 Cedar St., Collingwood, Ont. 

28. N. W. Purdy, 386 King St. West, Oshawa, Ont. 

29. E. W. Cass, Dunnville, Ont. 

30. F. R Darrow, KC, Box 277, Goderich, Ont. 

31. E. R. Hodgson, Box 433, Picton, Ont. 

32. H. R. Baer, 24 Bond St., Gait, Ont. 

34. A. G. Bowie, 6 Charles St., Barrie, Ont. 

35. R. W. Goose, Box 850, Whitby, Ont. 

36. D. Miller, 312 Boswell Ave., Peterborough, Ont. 

37. Mark P. Wickett, Port Hope, Ont. 

40. R. M. Finlay, 42 Central St., Guelph, Ont. 

41. William Clothier, Box 704, Ingersoll, Ont. 

44. Ernest J. Walter, Box 224, Napanee, Ont. 

45. A. A. Kemp, Box 45, Castleton, Ont. 

46. J. W. Durr, St. Mary's, Ont. 

47. L. H. Veale, 175 Thames St., Chatham, Ont. 

48. W. Sherman Cooper, 277 Division St. N., Cobourg, Ont. 

53. Robert M. Story, Petrolia, Ont. 

54. K. S. Woodward, 45 Redan St., St. Thomas, Ont. 

55. A. N. Irvine, R.R. No. 2, St Catharines, Ont. 

56. Dr. C. J. Baxendale, 70-3rd St. E., Owen Sound, Ont. 

57. C. G. Carter, 245 Alexandra St., Port Colborne, Ont. 
58 A. I. Tongue, Mattawa, Ont. 

59. H. N. McKenney, 16 Beecher St., Brockville, Ont. 

61. J. T. Kelly, Box 255, Almonte, Ont. 

62. C. M. Platten, 52 Donegall Dr., Toronto 12, Ont. 

63. R. J. Kincaid, Box 149, Kincardine, Ont. 

64. C. E. Griffin, R.R. No. 5, Welland, Ont. 

65. C. C. Kilner, 68 Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. 

66. M. A. Reid, Seaforth, Ont. 

67. R. G. Barton, Box 212, Palmerston, Ont. 

68. I. M. Anderson, Kemptville, Ont. 

69. L. O. Hysert, R.R. No 2, Grimsby, Ont 

71. R. M. Thistle, Amherstburg, Ont. 

72. Thomas W. Solmes, Court House Bldg., Belleville, Ont. 

73. Thomas E. Armstrong, Box 326, Ridgetown, Ont 



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Chapter No. 

74. A. W. Holt, Strathroy, Ont. 

75. Edwin Harrop, R.R. No. 5, Milton, Ont. 

76. C. H. Sheppard, 1896 Delaware St., Niagara Falls, Ont. 

77. James T. Gilchrist, 468 Gladstone Ave., Toronto 4, Ont. 

78. George Portice, R.R. No. 7, Parkhill, Ont. 

79. Robert V. Edge, 1A Logan Ave. N., Toronto, Ont. 

80. Godfrey Gale, 1095 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

81. Stanley W. Durkee, Box 97, Aylmer, Ont. 

82. S. H. Green, 669 Red River Road, Port Arthur, Ont. 

83. A. L. Hartmier, Box 203, Orangeville, Ont. 

84. J. A. Rutherford, Box 368, Wingham, Ont. 
88. C. W. King, Box 303, Dresden, Ont. 

90. C. H. Quinton, Box 586, Kenora, Ont. 

91. J. B. Wallace, 514 Briar Hill Ave., Toronto 12, Ont. 

94. F. S. Crichton, 6 Lindsay St. S., Lindsay, Ont. 

95. P. A. Coates, 107 Pine St., Sudbury, Ont. 

102. M. C. Garrow, 301 Pim St., Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. 

103. Dr. B. F. Nott, Box 55, North Bav, Ont. 

104. John G. Hadden, R.R. No. 2, Oakville, Ont. 
110. O. B. Phillips, Warkworth, Ont. 

112. F. H. Broder, Morrisburg, Ont. 

113. E. T. Robertson, 237 York St., Cornwall, Ont. 

1 14. H. Young, Box 674, Renfrew, Ont. 

1 15. H. J. Broughton, Box 402, Paris, Ont. 

116. M. W. Rogers, 8 Allan St., Carleton Place, Ont. 

117. W. R. Cooper, 68 Lancaster St. W., Kitchener, Ont. 
119. Gordon Bloomfield, 10 Howard Ave., Leamington, Ont. 

129. Fred Porter field, Box 16, Mitchell, Ont. 

130. Howard Yates, Port Elgin, Ont. 

131. Gordon G. Sinclair, Box 292, Wiarton, Ont. 

132. J. Neil MacMillan, 184 King St. East, Gananoque, Ont. 

133. C. A. Bailey, 29 Glen Ave., Smiths Falls, Ont. 

134. F. H. Moore, Cannington, Ont. 

135. J. K. Noble, Uxbridge, Ont. 

138. E. A. Snell, 65 Hewitt Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

140. Frank Ryder, 1428 Hamilton Ave., Fort William, Ont. 

143. G. H. MacDougall, Maxville, Ont. 

144. Charles A. Wilson, Brighton, Ont. 

145. J. R. Legecy, 48 Braeside Road, Toronto 12, Ont. 

146. W. H. Sargent, Listowel, Ont. 

147. A. Clare Agnew, Lucknow, Ont. 

148. Dr. D. A. Irvine, Box 171, Vankleek Hill, Ont. 

149. William Hirst, Box 7, Rainy River, Ont. 

150. G. T. E. Martin, 36 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 

151. C. W. Fraser, 1100 Bronx St., Pembroke, Ont. 

152. J. B. Edgar, 202 Portage Ave., Fort Frances, Ont. 

153. John Burnett, 444 Duncan St., Wallaceburg, Ont. 

154. C. H. Chapman, Dawson, Y.T. 

155. John McNiece, R.R. No. 3, Dundas, Ont. 
161. Edwin T. Nayler, Box 185, Madoc, Ont. 

163. W. A. Stanley, 648A Yonge St., Toronto, Ont. 

164. Arthur Smith, Box 36, West Lome, Ont. 

167. Rev. J. H. Olmsted, 341 Midland Ave., Midland, Ont. 

168. W. H. Brady, Campbellford, Ont. 

169. Karl Budan, 17 Armstrong St., Box 537, New Liskeard, Ont. 
175. Douglas L. Ewing, P.O. Box 284, Hamilton, Ont. 



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Chapter No. 

184. John A. Bell, 235 Emerick Ave., Fort Erie, Ont. 

195. E. A. Hay, 246 Main St. N., Brampton, Ont. 

198. H. K. Maynard, 109 Front St. S., Orillia, Ont. 

203. H. O. Armstrong, Box 549, Cobalt, Ont. 

205. Herbert S Sparks, 417 Elm Rd., Toronto, Ont. 

210. A. Walker, Box 180, Russell, Ont. 

212. Samuel J. Sword, 2185A Queen St. East, Toronto, Ont. 

213. T. Small, 277 Tamarack St., Timmins, Ont. 

214. J. Sam Maddock, R.R. No. 1, Alvinston, Ont. 

215. T. B. Rogers, 11 Elma St., Mimico, Ont. 

217. John A. Mackie, 10 Reigate Rd., Toronto 18, Ont. 

218. S. Patterson, Box 331, Shelburne, Ont. 

219. G. C. Macdonell, 48 Montcalm Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

220. W. M. Creech, 4245 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ont. 

221. H. C. McKecknie, Box 10, Durham, Ont. 

222. A. H. McKee, 145 Patterson Ave., Ottawa, Ont. 

223. F. J. Bean, Box 125, Iroquois Falls, Ont. 

224. J. S. Drysdale, 800 Cannon St. E., Hamilton, Ont. 

225. Albert T. Thorpe, 391 Sherbourne St., Toronto, Ont. 

226. L. V. Wood, R.R. No. 4, Perth, Ont. 

227. W. M. Barlow, 285 George St., Belleville, Ont. 

230. Kenneth Maddill, 17 Elma St., Mimico, Ont. 

231. L. J. Colling, 268 Wright Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

232. Robert Fick, 270 Oak Park Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

233. A. E. Hayward, 103 Boon Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

234. E. L. Arnold, Box 26, Georgetown, Ont. 

235. Frank Hope, Box 335, Newmarket, Ont. 

236. A. T. Lang, R.R. No. 3, Caledonia, Ont. 

238. A. V. Sedgwick, 194 Duchess Ave., London, Ont. 

239 G. C. Rutherford, Box 8, Blenheim, Ont. 

240. S. Magder, Smithville, Ont. 

241. Ernest Pickles, 101 Gledhill Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

242. G. U. Howell, Lambeth, Ont. 

243. John H. Lee, Stoney Creek, Ont. 

245. A. P. Hertel, 558 Hamilton St., Preston, Ont. 

246. Albert J. Sidders, 24 Raglan Ave., Toronto, Ont. 

247. John, Johnson, R.R. No. 8, London, Ont. 

248. A. S. McLaren, Box 764, Arnprior, Ont. 

249. L. W. Dippell, Box 40, Bowmanville, Ont. 

250. Walter Hockney, 1542 Bruce Ave., Windsor, Ont. 

251. J. Scott, 58 Tower St., Kirkland Lake, Ont. 

252. R. A. Bond, 408 Wellington St., Sarnia, Ont. 

253. Vernon Ryerse, Port Dover, Ont. 

254. J. F. Bellamy, Eagle River, Ont. 

255. Leo Mabee, Tillsonburg, Ont. 

256. R. B. Cousins, Box 770, Whitehorse, Y.T. 



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ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 

Grand First Principals Z. of the Grand Chapter of 
Canada from 1857 to 1951 



•W. M. Wilson 185^ 

•Thompson Wilson 1858 

•T. D. Harington 1859-60 

•John C. Franck 1861-2 

*T. D. Harington 1863-4-5-6 

7-8-9-70-1 

•S. B. Harman 1872 

•C. D. Macdonell 1873 

•Jas. Seymour 1874 

*L. H. Henderson 1875-6 

•F. J. Menet 1877-8 

•Daniel Spry 1879-80 

•Donald Ross 1881-2 

•H. Macpherson 1883-4 

•Thos. Sargant 1885-6 

•Rob. Hendry Jr 1887 

•R. B. Hungerford 1888-9 

•J. J. Mason 1890-1 

•J. E. Harding 1892-3 

•J. Ross Robertson 1894-5 

•M. Walsh 1896-7-8 

•Wm. G. Reid 1899-1900 

•Wm. Gibson 1901-2 

•A. Shaw 1903-4 

•William Roaf 1905-6 



•John Leslie 1907-8 

•George Moore 1909-10 

•Fred W. Harcourt 1911-2 

•Daniel F. MacWatt 1913-4 

•Wm. S. R. Murch 1915-16 

•A. S. Gorrell, M.D 1917-18 

•Wm. N. Ponton 1919-20 

•H. S. Griffin, M.D 1921 

•Richard H. Spencer 1922-3 

•Walter H. Davis 1924-5 

•Kenneth J. Dunstan 1926-7 

•Edwin Smith 1928-9 

•Walter G. Price, D.D.S 1930-1 

•Chas. W. Haentschel, M.D 1932-3 

•Alexander Cowan 1934 

•George L. Gardiner 1935-6 

•Wm. Y. Mills 1937-8 

Llewellyn F. Stephens 1939-40 

•John M. Empey 1941-2 

John M. Burden 1943-4 

Reginald V. Conover 1945-6 

Frederick W. Dean 1947-8 

Clarence MacL. Pitts 1949-50 

Alexander G. N. Bradshaw 1951 



Honorary Past Grand First Principals Z. of the 
Grand Chapter of Canada 



Elected 

•Henry Robertson 1888 

•Kivas Tully 1891 

•Hugh Murray 1903 

•Harry H. Watson 1909 



Elected 

*E. T. Malone 1919 

•A. T. Freed 1920 

•Sir John M. Gibson 1922 

Roderick B. Dargavel 1941 



Grand Scribes E. of the Grand Chapter of Canada 



•Thomas B. Harris 1857-73 

*R. P. Stephens 1874-5 

•Daniel Spry 1876-7 

♦David McLellan 1878-91 

* Deceased 



•Thomas Sargant 1892-8 

•George J. Bennett 1899-1915 

•Henry T. Smith 1916-1928 

•Edwin Smith 1929-1949 

Fred J. Johnson 1949-1951 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 



171 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

AT GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia. 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales 

New Mexico 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland 

Rhode Island 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 

Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 



Robert N. McElhinney.. 

Reg. V. Conover 

Percy W. Rogers 

Rev. C. H. Macdonald 

John L. House 

W. H. Carl McEachern. 

Kenneth S. Clarke 

Harvey J. Milne 

George W. Slack 

Frederick J. Johnson 

Kenneth Carrie 

G. H. Hayward 

F. A. McDiarmid 

Joseph J. Shelley 

Francis Francis 

B. F. Nott 

R. W. McFadden 

A. P. Goering 

A. S. H. Cree, D.D 

W. Bailie Stothers 

Edwin A. Cook 

Fred Higgenbottom 

Frank Todd 

A. J. Stringer 

Fred W. Dean 

Oliver Ellwood 

Sidney F. Smith 

Wm. J. Tow 

E. J. McCleery 

W. S. M. Enouy 

Joseph Lofthouse, D.D. 

J. W. Plewes 

N. M. Sprague 

A. D. Maclntyre 

R. B. Dargavel 

Frank A. Copus 

John M. Burden 

J. Austin Evans 

A. G. Tipper 

C. M. Pitts 

A. G. N. Bradshaw 

Ed. Worth 

Wm. E. Tregenza 

L. F. Stephens 

J. A. M. Taylor 

Neil A. MacEachern 

E. H. Brennan 

C. Alex. Sollitt 

Alex. McD. Hannah 

Herb. F. Thompson 

D. C. Patmore 

Chas. Fotheringham 

W. E. Gowling 

Chas. H. Sheppard 

Sydney G. Newdick 

Fred C. Smith 

M. A. Searle 

Wm. J. Shaw 

Harry J. McCallum 

I. W. Woodland 

Robert Clark 



Toronto 

Brampton 

Toronto 

Bluevale 

Toronto 

Toronto 

Copper Cliff 

Kingston 

Toronto 

Toronto 

Toronto 

Haileybury 

Ottawa 

Toronto 

Haileybury 

North Bay 

Brantford 

Hamilton 

Leamington 

London 

Prescott 

Toronto 

Cobalt 

Toronto 

Hamilton 

London 

Danford Lake. Que. 

Toronto 

Ottawa 

Toronto 

Kenora 

London 

Trenton 

Toronto 

Toronto 

Owen Sound 

Toronto 

Toronto 

Kirkland Lake 

Ottawa 
London 
Chatham 
Windsor 
Hamilton 
Hornby 
Waterloo 
Leamington 
Peterborough 
Toronto 
Kingston 
Orillia 
Dryden 
Ottawa 



Niagara Falls 

Toronto 

Ottawa 

Toronto 

Hamilton 

London 

Toronto 

Hamilton 



172 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



GRAND REPRESENTATIVES 

FROM GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 



Grand Chapter 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 

California 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia. 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand „ 

New Mexico 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland.... 

Rhode Island 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 



Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia. 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 



Walter F. Estes 

F. S. Watson 

Harold J. Fulton 

E. H. Crossman 

A. E. Davidson 

Angus L. Cavanagh. 
E. L. Bartholick... 

C. J. Fairhurst 

Nathaniel D. Rand . 
Lucien G. Yung .. 

H. J. Wendland 

T. B. Elfe 

Chas. Harting 

Fred W. Soady 

William H. Baugh ... 
E. W. F. Holler 



Roy H. Clossen 

A. Gordon Susler 

E. A. Creer 

John G. Fass 

Frank W. Brownell 

Gerald M. Pine 

W. F. Clark 

Arthur Burke 

J. Arthur Jensen 

Justin N. Jones 

Orson H. Swearingen 

Marion A. Averill 

John N. McCune 

Carl F. Dodge 

Edgar W. Mair 

Alfred H. White 

Godfrey Pittis 

H. B. Mathews 

Clifford A. McDonald 

Norman B. Spencer 

William L. Ranville 

W. G. Bandy 

Clifford E. Miller 

G. S. Wright 

George I. Kohler 

Frank E. Eldred 

Fred A. Purdin 

Arthur L. Miller 

Arthur J. Osgood 

J. Shirra, Sr 

Norris G. Abbott 

Lome Johnson 

The Earl of Lauderdale. 

Wm. H. Bradford 

Charles L. Clampitt .. 

R. H. Roney, Sr 

T. H. Morrow 

Herman L. Bauer 

Harry B. Springstead 

Allen Grant 



Fitzhugh L. Grimstead. 

Andrew E. Solberg 

Wm. Henry Berry 

Wilbur H. Cramblett ... 
Oscar E. Peterson 



Residence 



Birmingham 

9804-1 12th St., Edmonton 

Coolidge 

Rogers 

Vancouver 

West Los Angeles 

Denver 

Norwalk 

Wilmington 

Washingotn 

Bradenton 

Macon 

Payette 

Pekin 

Terre Haute 

Brooklyn 

Coffeyville 

Maysville 

Welsh 

Benton Station 

Winnipeg 

Denton 

Watertown 

172116th St., Port Huron 

Minneapolis 

Hattiesburg 

Kansas City 

Choteau 

Kearney 

Fallon 

Woodstock 

Winnisguam, N.H. 

Allendale 

Box 2968 N. W., Sidney 

Medina 

Box 315 Auckland, CI. 

Albuquerque 

Lincolnton 

Fargo 

Halifax 

Cincinnati 

RFD No. 1, Drumright 

Med ford 

Pittsburg, Pa. 

216 Lafayette St., Montreal South 

Coorparoo 

Providence 

503 Sterling Trust Bldg., Regina 

Lauder, Scotland 

Sumter, S.C. 

Mitchell 

Newbern 

Dallas 

Salt Lake City, Wash. 

Bradford 

6 Secord Ave. East Kew 

Melbourne, Victoria 
Norfolk 

1402 West 854th St., Seattle 
209 Cambridge St., Wembley Pk. 
Wheeling 
316 Oak St., Manasha 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 

GRAND SECRETARIES 



173 



Grand Chapter 



Alabama 

Alberta 

Arizona 

Arkansas 

British Columbia 



California 

Canada 

Colorado 

Connecticut 

Delaware 

District of Columbia. 

England 

Florida 

Georgia 

Idaho 

Illinois 

Indiana 

Iowa 

Ireland 

Kansas 

Kentucky 

Louisiana 

Maine 

Manitoba 

Maryland 

Massachusetts 

Michigan 

Minnesota 

Mississippi 

Missouri 

Montana 

Nebraska 

Nevada 

New Brunswick 

New Hampshire 

New Jersey 

New Mexico 

New South Wales 

New York 

New Zealand 

North Carolina 

North Dakota 

Nova Scotia 

Ohio 

Oklahoma 

Oregon 

Pennsylvania 

Quebec 

Queensland 

Rhode Island 

Saskatchewan 

Scotland 

South Carolina 

South Dakota 

Tennessee 

Texas 

Utah 

Vermont 

Victoria 

Virginia 

Washington 

Western Australia 

West Virginia 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming 

Gen. Grand Chapter . 



Charles H. Stubinger. 

F. J. Hand 

Joseph A. E. Ivey 

C. D. Hill 

E. B. Baker 



England-Wales M.M.M. L'ge 



Chester H. Newell 

Fred J. Johnson 

Harry W. Bundy 

Bliss W. Clark 

Marshall M. Carpenter.. 
Aubrey H. Clayton 
Sydney A. White, G.S.E. 

John B. Phelps 

W. J. Penn, Jr. 

Edward H. Way 

Edward E. Core 

Chas. Thomas 

Ross J. Camblin 

H. R. Shellard, G. Reg. 

E. Elmer F. Strain 

C. K. A. McGaughey 

Lee W. Harris 

Conversi E. Leach 

T. Sellar Cook: G.S.E... 

Chas. H. Welden 

Raymond T. Sewall 

Roy Andrus 

John H. Anderson 

Sid. F. Curtis 

Ray V. Denslow 

Ralp N. Lodge 

Carl R. Greisen 

E. C. Peterson 

Roy E. Crawford, G.S.E. 

J. Melvin Dresser 

Wm. Beck 

Lloyd B. Johnson 

F. R. Sinden 

C. G. Wilhelms 

F. J. Rea 

Leon Godown 

R. L. Miller 

Harold F. Sipprell 

Henry Gruen 

James A. Lathin 

Richard H. Tusant 

John C. F. Kitselman 

H. Pickering 

S. W. Coulter 

E. M. Wheeler 

Alfred A. Wilson, G.S.E. 

W. A. Laird 

H. L. Collins 

Elvin F. Strain 

T. E. Doss 

Frank Oldham 

Bert Atwater 

Aaron H. Grout 

Hy. O. Thomas 

James N. Hillman 

Walter H. Steffey 

Hugh C. Anderson 

George W. Tavenner 

Ward A. Rowbottom 

R. P. Crowe 

Roscoe R. Walcutt 

T. G. L. Lumley-Smith 



Residence 



Box 98, Mas. Temple, Montgomery 
171728th Ave. S.W., Calgary, Alt 
Box 1488, Mas. Temple, Tuscon, Ar. 
700 Scott St., Little Rock 
Room 516-651 West Pender St., 

Vancouver 
R. 423, Mas. Temple, San Francisco 
712 Temple Bldg., Toronto, Ont. 
Rm. 319, Mas. Temple, Denver 
Box 388, New Britain, Conn. 
Box 254, Wilmington 99 
Mas. Temple, Washington 
Freemasons' Hall, London, W.C. 
Box 283, Miami, Florida 
801 Mulberry St., Macon 
Box 1753, Boise 
Dixon, 111. 

Masonic Temple, Marion 
Bullock Bldg., Atlantic, Iowa 
Freemasons Hall, Dublin 
Masonic Temple, Topeka 
Richmond, Kentucky 
Masonic Temple, Alexandria, La. 
Mas. Temple, Portland 
29-161 Langside St., Winnipeg 
Mas. Temple, Baltimore 
Rm. 209, Mas. Temple, Boston 
Masonic Temple,, Owasso 
Masonic Temple, St. Paul 
Meridian 
Trenton 
Helena. 

M.T., 19th and Douglas, Omaha 
Carson 

Masonic Temple, St. John 
Concord 

269 Power St., New Brunswick, N.J. 
Box 535, Albuquerque 
Unity Bldg., 16 Callaug, Sydney 
Mas. Temple, New York City 
Box 1295, Wellington 
Oxford 
Fargo 

Box 555, Wolfville, N.S. 
145 W. 6th St. East Liverpool 
12 Flint Nat. Bk. Bldg., Muskogee 
722E Burnside, Portland 14. Ore. 
Mas. Temple, Philadelphia 
1559 St. Marks St., Montreal 
Box 425 F., Brisbane 
127 Dorencc St. Providence, R.I. 
2723 Victoria Ave., Regina 
76 Queen St., Edinburgh 
Columbia 

Mas. Temple, Sioux Falls 
1007th Ave. N. Nashville 
P.O. Box 296, Waco 
Masonic Temple, Salt Lake City 
Mas. Temple, Burlington 
164 Flinders St., Melbourne 
Masonic Temple, Richmond 
4338 University Bldg., Seattle 5 
St. George's Terrace, Perth 
P.O. Box 590, Parkersburg 
259 East Wells St.,, Milwaukee 2 
Box 1543, Casper, Wyoming 
1605-8 East Bread St., Columbus 15, 

Ohio 
Mark Masons' Hall, London, W.C. 



174 



GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 
INDEX TO PROCEEDINGS 1951 



Addendum 

Address of Grand Z 

Address of Welcome to Grand Z. from Chapters of Toronto Districts 

Annual Convocation, Where Held 

Annual Convocation, 1952 

Annual Statement of Receipts of Chapters 

Appointment of Grand Officers 

Appointment of Grand Representatives 

Auditor's Certificate 

Auditor's Financial Statement 

By-Laws, New and Amendments Approved 

Centennial, 1957 

Chapters Dedicated 

Chapters by Districts, List of 

Chapters not Represented 

Civic Address of Welcome 

Committee on Benevolence 

Communications and Greetings 

Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters (Sudbury) 

Deaths 

Dispensations Issued 

Distinguished Visitors, Received from— 

Manitoba, New Zealand, California, Illinois, New Hampshire, 
North Carolina, Quebec, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, 
Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Grand Council of 
Royal and Select Masters of Ontario, The Order of High Priest- 
hood of Ontario, The Sovereign Great Priory of Canada of the 
United Orders of the Temple and Malta, The Grand Lodge of 
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Canada in the Province 
of Ontario. The Supreme Council 33° Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in the Dominion of Canada 



60 


27-59 


16-18 


11 


136 


106-109 


149-150 


44 


105,110 


111-116 


42,49 


104 


4-10,33 


160-163 


25 


14-15 


111-112 


146-148 


37 


130-132 


48 



12,14 



Education and Instruction Committee 153 

Election of Officers 135, 136 

Especial Convocation, Kempville, Ont 4 

Especial Convation, Tillsonburg, Ont 5 

Especial Convocation, Shelbourne, Ont 6 

Especial Convocation, Caledonia, Ont 7 

Especial Convocation, Whitehorse, Yukon Territories 8 

Especial Convocation, Belleville, Ont 9 

Especial Convocation, Paris, Ont 10 

Excerpts from Grand Master's Remarks 102-3 

Exaltations, Gains and Losses 45-46,47 

Executive Committee and Sub-Committees 151, 152,153 



Executive Committee — Appoint Members .. 

Executive Committee — Benevolence 

Executive Committee — Elected Members .... 

Finance, Report of Committee 

First Principals of Chapters, With Addresses 

Fraternal Correspondence 

Grand Chapter Annual Convocations 

• —Opened 



152 
152 
152 
124, 126 
164-166 
146 

12 



ANNUAL CONVOCATION, TORONTO, 1951 175 

—Officers Present 11 

—Grand Representatives Present 25-26 

-Closed 150 

Grand First Principals Since 1857 170 

Grand Historian and Reviewer — Elected 146 

Grand Representatives — List of 171-2 

—Appointed and Recommended 44 

Grand Scribes E. Since 1857 170 

Grand Secretaries — List of 173 

Grand Superintendents of Districts: 

-Confirmed 135,136 

—Present at Convocation 11 

—Presented and Thanked 102 

-Reports 61-102 

Guests Convey Greetings 151 

Honours Tendered Distinguished Visitors 151 

Installation of Officers 149> 

Invocation 15 

Jewels and Medals Presented 50-52' 

Membership 45 

Memorial Service 16 

Notices of Motion — Considered 148 

Order of Business at G.Z.'s Discretion 18 

Minutes of Annual Convocation, 1950, Confirmed 18 

Next Place of Meeting 136 

Presentation of Ram's Horn, by Yukon Chapter 34, 123 

Presentation of Living Past Grand Z's 16 

Reception of 

—Grand Superintendents' Reports 61-102 

—Grand Z's Address 60 

Report of Committeee: 

On Credentials 19-25 

Education and Instruction 138,139 

Report of Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 133, 134 

Report of Executive Committee on: 

Benevolence 132 133 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 119-123 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 123 

Finance 124-126 

Fraternal Dead 126-132 

Grand Z's Address 136, 137 

Investments 117 

Printing 116 

Warrants 118,119 

Report of Grand Treasurer 103-105 

Report of Grand Scribe E 106-110 

Report of Special Committee on Membership 140-145 

Resolution to Receive and Adopt Reports on: 

Benevolence 133 

Committee on Distinguished Service Medal 134 

Condition of Capitular Masonry 123 

Constitution, Laws and Jurisprudence 123 

Credentials 25 

Education and Instruction 139 

Finance 126 

Grand Treasurer 105 

Special Committee on Membership 14."> 



176 GRAND CHAPTER OF CANADA 

Grand Scribe E 110 

Grand Z's Address 137 

Investments 117 

Printing 116 

Warrants 119 

Returns of Constituent Chapters 154-159 

Restorations 159 

Royal Arch Masons Welcome 15 

Rulings 48 

Schedule of Investments 117 

Scribes E. of Chapters, Names and Addresses 167-169 

Scrutineers of Ballot Obligated 103 

Sub-Committees Appointed 152-3 

Suspensions 145 

Toronto Districts 8 and 8A Extend Welcome 16 

Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund 104 

Vote of Thanks 149 



FRATERNAL 
CORRESPONDENCE 



REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS WITHIN 

THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH OF NATIONS 



ALBERTA 

BRITISH COLUMBIA 

IRELAND 

MANITOBA 

1949 NEW BRUNSWICK 1950 

NEW ZEALAND 

1949 NOVA SCOTIA 1950 

QUEBEC 

QUEENSLAND 

1949 SASKATCHEWAN 1950 

1949 VICTORIA 1950 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 



The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings we 
have received up to the time of publication. 



REVIEW OF 

GRAND CHAPTERS OF THE 

UNITED STATES 



1949 ARKANSAS 1950 

CALIFORNIA 

COLORADO 

1949 CONNECTICUT 1950 

DELAWARE 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

FLORIDA 

GEORGIA 

IDAHO 

ILLINOIS 

IOWA 

KANSAS 

KENTUCKY 

LOUISIANA 

MAINE 

MASSACHUSETTS 

MISSOURI 

MONTANA 

NEBRASKA 



NEVADA 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

NEW JERSEY 

1949 NEW MEXICO 1950 

NEW YORK 

NORTH CAROLINA 

NORTH DAKOTA 

1949 OHIO 1950 

OKLAHOMA 

OREGON 

PENNSYLVANIA 

RHODE ISLAND 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

TENNESSEE 

TEXAS 

1949 WISCONSIN 1950 

WYOMING 



WISCONSIN 

and 

THE GENERAL GRAND CHAPTER 



The only Grand Chapters reviewed are those whose Proceedings 
we have received up to the time of publication. 



FOREWORD 

"Time, like an ever-rolling stream, 

Bears all its sons away; 
They fly forgotten, as a dream 

Dies at the opening day. 
O God, our help in ages past, 

Our hope for years to come, 
Be Thou our guard while troubles last, 

And our eternal home." 

It is with a great sense of loss that we take up the pen to trace 
the words of introduction to the reviews of our Sister Grand Juris- 
dictions in Capitular Masonry, which was at once the task and the 
joy of our Fraternal Correspondent and Historian, the late Most 
Ex. Companion George L. Gardiner, who passed away in his home 
on the morning of December 5th, 1950. The end was startlingly 
sudden. 

Yet, it was found that he had given of himself and his time in 
the preparation of approximately forty of the reviews which follow 
which were found in his files, completely tabulated, typed, and 
ready for the conclusion of the report to which he annually ex- 
pended so much time and affectionate consideration. Capitular 
Masonry around the world will miss his friendly, and sympathetic 
comment and encouragement, and those who occupied similar 
positions of responsibility in our Sister Jurisdictions and who 
form a inner circle of companionship in the discharge of their 
duties, will miss him and his intimate touches of fraternal appreci- 
ation. His prose had the quality of poetry; his kindly intuition 
always sought out the best things and underlined them for the 
advancement of the Royal Craft throughout the world. 

He would have delighted to have subscribe in praise for the 
further advance which Royal Arch Masonry has made during the 
period recorded in the following reports. He would have again 
recorded in the words of last year's report: "The fire of fervency 
and zeal is burning brightly throughout the Capitular World and 
we should say 'All is well', 'Peace, harmony and concord reign 
supreme'." 

While gains in membership in some Jurisdictions are not as 
great as those of the immediately preceding years, still all reports 
reflect optimism. The horizons are bright with the promise of op- 
portunities for even greater advances and the reports shoAv the 
records of a past year in which work was well done. Throughout 



all the Sister Jurisdictions, there runs like a golden thread, the 
interest, concern, and appreciation of the fellowship that exists 
between all the Grand Jurisdictions in Capitular Masonry. At all 
Annual Convocations, the records show that the Grand Represent- 
atives of various Sister Jurisdictions are received and honoured, 
and exorted to continue their good work in promoting the friendly 
and fraternal connections for which they are severally responsible, 
even though distance renders the actual intervisitations well nigh 
impossible. Nevertheless, the world is getting smaller, inter- 
communications easier, and with it all, we are getting a better 
understanding of each other, which deepens our regard, and 
broadens our interest, one with the other, as companions should. 

As this report is written, the world continues in an unhappy 
state of uncertainty as to the future. Whether it hold war or 
peace, adversity or prosperity, all the peoples of the earth are 
searching for security. Great divisions of the world's population 
support opposing ideologies, but the striving does not bring peace. 
In all the Grand Jurisdictions, there is sounded a note of confi- 
dence that the universal practice of the tenets and principals of 
our order throughout the world will go far in creating the atmos- 
phere in which nations could live together in peace and harmony 
and brotherly love, acknowledging one Supreme Being, the Sover- 
eign, Architect, Creator and Ruler of the Universe. 

No more fitting conclusion to this report could be written 
than that with which our late Most Excellent Companion closed 
his report of last year as in Benediction. "And now our task is done, 
another page has been turned in our book of record, and as we 
write 'Finis' to another Chapter, may we express the earnest hope 
that He whose Holy Word is both the foundation and cope-stone 
of our Masonic structure, may endow you with all the signal gifts 
and graces." 

April, 1951. C. M. PITTS, G.Z. 

FOOTNOTE— I would like here to express my great appreciation to Most Ex. 
Comps. L. F. Stephens, John M. Burden, F. W. Dean, and Rt. Ex. Comps. A. G. 
N. Bradshaw and J. A. M. Taylor for their assistance in completing the reviews 
and making this a completed Report. 



6 REVIEWS 

ALBERTA 

J. L. Innes— Grand First Principal. 

F. G. Hand— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-29, Membership-2548, Gain-214. 

The Thirty-Sixth Annual Convocation held in Calgary, May 
10, 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Innes on the Throne. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Comp 
Innes who was ably supported by fourteen Past Grand First Prin- 
cipals. Thirty-four Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. 
We note with regret that Canada's representative was among the 
absent. 

It is at once a pleasure indeed a delight for this correspondent 
to again find himself at home in a Canadian Grand Chapter after 
a lengthy and decidedly interesting journey by correspondence, of 
course, through numerous Foreign Jurisdictions. As we have re- 
marked on previous occasions the return to familiar Masonic titles 
and procedure invariably brings a feeling somewhat akin to a 
home-coming. It is with unalloyed pleasure that we review the 
proceedings of our friends and fellow-countrymen in the thriving 
Province of Alberta. But we must return to our review proper. 
The usual western welcome awaited a host of visitors which in- 
cludes leaders of the Royal Craft from Saskatchewan, British Col- 
umbia, Montana, Manitoba and the General Grand Chapter. Also 
represented were the Order of High Priesthood, Sovereign Great 
Priory of Canada, Royal and Select Masters and the Grand Lodge 
of Masonry in the person of M. Wor. Bro. H. B. MacDonald, 
Grand Master who was accompanied by Grand Secretary George 
Moore. The Grand Master in replying thanked the companions 
for his reception, and the good relations existing between the two 
Grand bodies, stressing the liberty and freedom to rebuild a new 
and better world upon the foundations of the Supreme Architect 
of the Universe. Rise up, oh Men of God, to serve the King of 
Glory. 

After a civic welcome extended upon behalf of the Chief 
Magistrate of the City by Alderman J. L. Hill, the Grand First 
Principal delivered his Annual Address. Brevity characterizes the 
valedictory of M. Ex. Comp. Innes. A perusal of this address 
leaves the reader with the impression that the Grand First Prin- 



REVIEWS 7 

cipal gave generously of his time and talents in the discharge of 
his manifold duties. After extending a greeting to those in attend- 
ance he referred sympathetically to the Fraternal Dead with a 
special reference to the great loss sustained by the Craft through 
the lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. N. T. McLeod. 

Under the caption of "Membership" the Grand Z. spoke of 
Royal Arch Masonry being on the march and in increased interest 
and enthusiasm Alberta was no exception to the rule. Visitations 
both within and beyond the confines of his own territory are men- 
tioned in detail as, also, are his dispensations, these latter carrying 
nothing of unusual interest. 

After listing appointments of a number of Grand Representa- 
tives M. Ex. Comp. Innes concludes a most readable address with 
a glowing tribute to the Grand Scribe E. and other officers for 
the splendid service rendered during the year. The reports of the 
five Grand Superintendents of Districts contain much of interest 
and without exception carry a message of hope for the future of 
the Royal Craft in Alberta. 

The report of the Grand Scribe E. is at once comprehensive 
and enlightening. The high-light being an increase of 214 mem- 
bers despite losses of 69 through death and other causes. 

As we read the Grand Treasurer's report we are impressed 
with the thought that fiscal affairs are well managed, sound and 
healthy. Assets include bank balance of $4090.00 with investments 
totalling $4722.50 and a Benevolent Fund of $2540.00. 

From an eloquent report on the Fraternal Dead we are con- 
strained to quote the following.— 

"When I am dead, friends, 
Carve no words in marble for epitaph, 
Nor raise for me a special tomb, 
For at such things, Time shall laugh, 
But hold me briefly in your faithful thoughts. 
While briefly thought and life are lent, 
Your tears shall be my ample praise, 
Your love my monument." 

Honorary Life Membership was conferred upon a number of 
prominent Royal Craftsmen including M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. 
Dusenbery. 



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The Capitular Review is the joint product of a committee. 
Turning to the review of our Grand Chapter, we find that we are 
indebted to Comp. H. E. Bentley for a generous and extremely 
friendly review of our 1949 Convocation. Full coverage is given 
to our various activities with note and comment both on our 
Grand's address and the reports of our various committees. We 
receive a verbal pat on the back for attaining our objective in the 
Victory Thanksgiving Benevolent Fund. Comp. Bentley also pays 
graceful tribute to our last review. He states that Alberta was 
favorably presented. And why not? Alberta provides excellent 
material for a review and any effort put forth by this correspondent 
to interpret conditions in our Sister Province may be written off 
as a labor of love. Again thanks Comp. Bentley for a most mas- 
terly review of our jurisdiction. 

Following the election of officers we note with pleasure that 
H. E. Bentley was declared elected and duly installed as Grand 
First Principal. E. J. Hand continues as Grand Scribe E. 

Edmonton was selected as the next place of meeting. 

Our Grand Chapter is ably represented in Alberta by F. S. 
Watson, while Alberta's representative near our Grand Chapter 
is Col. R. V. Conover, one of our very active Past First Principals. 

ARKANSAS 

Vaughan Winston— Grand High Priest. 

C. D. Hill-Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-51, Membership-7928, Gain-1232. 

The One Hundred and First Convocation was held in Little 
Rock, November 17, 1949. 

After opening Grand Chapter in Ample Form M. Ex. Comp. 
Winston called upon the Grand Chaplain, who kneeling at the 
Altar offered up prayer. Present and supporting the Grand High 
Priest were thirteen Past Rulers of Grand Chapter. Forty-five 
jurisdictions were represented by their Grand Representatives. 
Canada's representative was among those who responded to the 
roll-call. Even though in Masonry we contend, that our great 
Order knows no East or West, bounds or limitations, we note that 



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jurisdictions beyond the United States are still listed as "furriners." 
We are content to be in this category as we note that we are in 
extremely good company. Distinguished visitors were received and 
accorded a true Arkansas welcome. They hailed from Texas, 
Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Missouri and represented, 
not only Royal Arch Masonry, but a number of associated bodies. 
Honored among the guests was C. Lester Hanna, M. Wor. Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Arkansas. It is quite evident that 
Arkansas is generous in distributing favors, as no less than thirteen 
visitors were elected to Honorary Membership. 

M. Ex. Comp. Winston presented a clear, concise and busi- 
nesslike report on his official acts. This address provides some very 
interesting reading. After a friendly welcome to all present he 
referred impressively to the sad loss in membership through the 
activities of the Grim Reaper. We note with sincere regret, the 
death of Past Grand Secretary John Q. Wolfe and tender our pro- 
found sympathy in the passing of this distinguished Craftsman. 
Appointments are all recorded and among these we note that 
Edward H. Crossman has assumed the commission of Canada. We 
bid him welcome and feel sure that Canada's interests will be 
amply protected. 

Dispensations were many and purely routine. It is noted with 
interest that a number of dormant chapters were rejuvenated and 
their charters restored. Many pages of the address were necessary 
to record in detail the Grand High Priest's visitations. M. Ex. 
Comp. Winston closes his address with a commentary on the 
"Condition of the Rite." We agree whole-heartedly with all that 
he has to say on this subject and are constrained to quote a line 
or two from his closing remarks.— 

"Nevertheless, I believe that the emphasis should not be placed on mere 
numbers, but rather on the quality of our work What does our fraternity 
really mean to mankind? Is it only the number of m ™ bc ? ™^™* 
amount of money we accumulate? If the men who receive the degrees 
are not impressed with the deep and fundamental teachings of our order, 
what have we accomplished?" 

The reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer pro- 
vide a fair pen picture of conditions in Arkansas. Membership 
indicates a healthy growth even considering a loss of 157 through 
N.P.D. Records of the individual chapters are interesting. Nine- 
teen report exaltations ranging from 20 to 81, while but one chap- 
ter reports a loss. 



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Finances, too, appear sound and encouraging with a Bank 
balance of $7,646.00, investments of $7,000.00 and a Triennial 
Savings Account of $7,027.00. 

The Committee on Appeals and Grievances dispose of their 
report with the laconic comment "Peace and Harmony prevail." 

Following the election of officers Robert E. Blaylock was for- 
mally installed as Grand High Priest. C. D. Hill continues as 
Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Arkansas is ably represented in Canada by our Grand Second 
Principal, A. G. N. Bradshaw while as already mentioned our 
representative in Arkansas is Edward H. Crossman. 

ARKANSAS 

Robert E. Blaylock— Grand High Priest. 

C. D. Hill— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-54, Membership-8,473, Gain-545-6.8% 

The 102nd Annual Convocation held in Little Rock, Novem- 
ber 23, 1950, with Most Ex. Comp. Blaylock, G.H.P., presiding. 
After opening in Ample Form, Ex. Comp. Raymond D. Adams, 
Grand Chaplain, offered a most impressive Opening Prayer. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests were presented and warmly 
welcomed by the Grand High Priest. Five others were unable 
to attend. 

Forty-four Grand Representatives answered Roll Call, includ- 
ing our own, and were cordially welcomed. Distinguished Visitors 
from Sister Grand Bodies and other Grand Jurisdictions, including 
the Grand Master and the General Grand High Priest, were formal- 
ly introduced and accorded Grand Honours. 

The Address of the Grand High Priest was a record of an active 
year's work and encouraging progress. The Charter of one Chapter 
was restored and Dispensations granted for two new Chapters. 

He puts his finger on conditions all too prevalent in many 
Grand Jurisdictions, as well as in his own, where the Officers of 
Chapters cannot open and close their Chapters properly, or confer 



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the Degrees; where robes and other paraphernalia are not used but 
left in lockers; where parts of Degrees ar left out because no Officer 
is prepared to give them; all indicating a lack of interest, which, 
if not corrected, must eventually have serious and unfortunate 
results. 

Receipts for the year were $10,830.49, disbursements $9,125.92, 
bank balance $9,350.78, total assets $30,995.66. The Grand Trea- 
surer also reported $11,293.17 in the Triennial Fund, this having 
been raised by an extra fifty cents per capita for a number of years 
to pay the expense of the Triennial session of the General Grand 
Chapter being held in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1951. 

Membership statistics were encouraging, but while there was a 
net increase of 545, or 6.8%, Suspensions increased from 157 to 237. 
In six years membership has increased from 3,577 to 8,473, truly a 
remarkable record and one to be proud of. 

Francis J. Scully was regularly installed as Grand High Priest. 
C. D. Hill continues as Grand Secretary. Edward H. Crossman re- 
presents Canada in Arkansas, while Charles H. MacDonald has the 
honour of representing Arkansas near our Grand Chapter. 

There was no report on Fraternal Correspondence. Arkansas 
does not publish "Reviews." 

F.W.D. 



BRITISH COLUMBIA 

Gerald H. Sedger-Grand Z. 

George Hugh Mackay— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-32, Membership-3245, Gain-229. 

The Thirty-Second Annual Convocation held in New West- 
minster, June 21, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form followed by the 
Invocation by Comp. Rev. T. Spencer Baynes. Twelve Past Grand 
Z's. and thirty-four Grand Representatives were in attendance. 
Distinguished visitors included prominent craftsmen from Mani- 
toba, Washington and Oregon, all of whom were fittingly intro- 
duced and warmly welcomed. 



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Following a civic reception by the Mayor of New Westminster 
the Grand Z. delivered his annual address. Couched in scholarly 
language M. Ex. Comp. Sedger first tendered a graceful greeting 
to all present, referred sympathetically to the Fraternal Dead and 
then announced appointments to the Corps of Grand Representa- 
tive. Perhaps it may not be out of place to refer to his recom- 
mendation to our Grand Chapter for the appointment of M. Ex. 
Comp. John MacLeod to succeed the late beloved Harry H. Wat- 
son. No better selection could have been made and we are proud 
indeed to have as our Representative such a skilled and brilliant 
craftsman. 

Dispensations were few in number and of no particular im- 
portance to other than the chapters interested. 

The Grand Z. enumerates his visitations both within and 
beyond the boundaries of B.C. A perusal of his detailed reports 
clearly indicates that M. Ex. Comp. Sedger gave unstintingly of 
his time and talents in the performance of this important phase of 
his official duties. The address closes with well chosen words of 
appreciation for the service rendered by the Grand Superintendents 
and other officers during his tenure of office. 

From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that B.C. has a 
bank balance of $3674.00 with solid investments totalling $9500.00. 

George Hugh Mackay in his report as Grand Scribe E. informs 
us that despite losses of 103 companions through death and other 
causes, the net gain in membership was 229. 

The reports of the Six Grand Superintendents provide very 
interesting reading and leave little doubt in the reader's mind as 
to the healthy condition of the Royal Craft throughout the 
jurisdiction. 

As usual one of the features of the proceedings is the report 
of our old friend, Grand Registrar J. J. Miller. He pays tribute 
to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. W. C. Taylor and other dis- 
tinguished companions by quoting the following.— 

"They walked the path the great have trod, 
The great in heart, the great in mind, 
Who looked through Masonry to God, 
And looked through God to all mankind, 
Learned more than sign, or word, or grip, 
Learned Man's and God's relationship." 



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Reference was made to the Third Royal Arch Conference 
held in Winnipeg. The report closes with a reference to the Con- 
secration and Dedicating of a number of newly chartered chapters. 

Following the practice of giving an expression of loyalty to 
His Majesty King George VI and his Royal Consort Queen Eliza- 
beth, Grand Chapter adopted a beautifully worded resolution 
which was forwarded through official channels to their Majesties. 
After the adoption of the resolution, the members rose and sang 
the National Anthem. As we have mentioned in previous reviews, 
this practice strongly appeals to this writer who suggests, that 
other Canadian Grand Chapters might well follow the example 
of our friends in British Columbia. 

The Committee on Ritual report that no decision has been 
reached as to the eliminating of the Past Masters Degree. As this 
change requires an amendment to the constitution, no doubt, it 
will be dealt with through a motion to consider such an amendment. 

The Capitular Review is again the product of that versatile 
and entertaining writer J. J. Miller. The "Foreword" is somewhat 
brief for such a prolific writer as J. J., but it is none-the-less inter- 
esting. It is noteworthy that he takes in a little more territory and 
reviews Great Priory as well as the Scottish Rite and the Royal 
and Select Masters. Commencing with the Mother Grand Chapter 
of England, J. J. appears to run the whole gamut of jurisdictions, 
but a diligent search fails, alas, to find a reference to Canada. We 
remember that our proceedings were delayed through the untimely 
death of M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, and, no doubt, failed to 
reach Vancouver in time for inclusion. There is nothing that J. J. 
Miller could do which we would not gladly forgive, and, so while 
disappointed we shall look for consideration by our gifted friend 
a year hence. In the meantime, may we express the earnest hope 
that this review may find J. J. enjoying some measure, at least, of 
health and comfort. 

Alex. E. E. Davidson was elected and installed Grand Z., while 
George Hugh Mackay continues in the office of Grand Scribe E., 
which he graces so well and efficiently. 

As already noted John MacLeod is our representative in British 
Columbia. John L. House carries B.C.'s commission near our 
Grand Chapter. 



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CALIFORNIA 

C. Stanley Chapman— Grand High Priest. 

Chester H. Newell— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-124, Membership-26,370, Gain-1040. 

The Ninety-sixth Annual Convocation held in San Francisco 
April 17, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was formally opened after which the placing 
of the United States flag and the patriotic services followed. 

Seventeen Past Grand High Priests and forty-nine Grand Rep- 
resentatives answered the roll-call. A large group of distinguished 
visitors were in attendance. These included highly placed Crafts- 
men from the Grand Chapters of Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Wash- 
ington and Maine. Representatives were also present from the 
Grand Council, the General Grand Chapter, the Grand Com- 
mandery and the Grand Lodge of California. It would indeed be 
superfluous to say that all the guests were warmly welcomed and 
officially greeted. 

It is interesting to note that Ex. Comp. Charles P. MacLaf- 
ferty answered the roll of Fire and Earthquake Survivors of 1906. 
It is noticeable as we follow California's proceedings, that the 
number of survivors who answer the call in Grand Chapter is 
rapidly dwindling. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was at once a lengthy 
and interesting resume of the year's work. From his introductory 
remarks we excerpt the following,— 

"In these days of change and terror we may well wonder whether our 
Companions of 100 years from now will enjoy the right to associate, the 
freedom to speak and the liberty to act which are ours today. In many 
once happy lands, the Curtain has descended, the lights have gone out, 
and hope is dead." 

In his reference to Necrology he pays eloquent tribute to the 
memory of R. Ex. Comp. R. E. Harris, Grand King, who passed 
away during the year. This section closes with the following.— 

"There is no death! the stars go down 
To rise upon some other shore . . . 
And bright in Heaven's jeweled crown, 
They shine forever more." 



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Reporting on the "Condition of the Order" M. Ex. Comp. 
Chapman had this to say,— 

"Except in a few limited areas, Capitular Masonry in California is in a 
very healthy condition. In this Centennial year of our Golden State we 
have encouraged the search for the Gold of Fraternity and Companion- 
ship, and success is evidenced in the fine fellowship which exists in all 
our Chapters." 

Appointments and other administrative matters are given 
liberal coverage. Among other references is one, that always 
appears strange to this writer, it has to do with Open-Air Degrees. 
While this innovation in Masonry appears as an accepted form of 
entertainment in California, it is entirely unknown in Canada. 

Recommendation for the consideration of salary adjustments 
for the Grand Secretary and his assistants seems to be in line with 
similar moves in many jurisdictions. 

Many pages are devoted to a detailed account of his visita- 
tions and a perusal of this section impresses the reader with the 
thought that the Grand High Priest was most generous with his 
time in the fulfilment of his many duties. 

This very enjoyable address concludes with the following 
commentary to which we heartily subscribe.— 

"We have in our Companionship a means of great good. Without offense 
to anv, without purpose of gain in wealth or place or power, even without 
sacrifice to ourselves, let us to work. The symbolic tools of Masonry are 
in our hands; the eternal designs are on the Trestleboard. Building 
together as Companions we can enjoy greatly, and accomplish much. The 
yoke of our Order is easy and its burdens are light, and the rewards are 
rich beyond the measurement of man." 

The address of the Grand Chaplain merits more than a pass- 
ing reference. Eloquent, inspirational and educational best describe 
our impression of this literary epic. Would that space permitted 
lengthy extracts from this provocative address, we however must 
content ourselves with this short quotation.— 

"Beautiful lives with a high potential, that if disciplined could make a 
lasting and a vital contribution to the well-being of men. There are some 
people that go through the Chapter, beautiful lives they are, we welcome 
them with out-stretched arms as they apply for fellowship with us. We 
have great anticipation, we see them at the altar and our hearts are 
strangely warmed because we feel that here we will have someone who 
will add dignity to the Chapter, who will bring distinction to it and 
whose services will make this Chapter a living virile reality in the 
community, and sometimes they disappoint us, they remain the beautiful 
characters, that we saw at the altar, they have all the high potentials, 



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they could be all we dreamed of, but they don't because they 
aren't disciplined, because they won't go through the necessary requirements 
of making themselves effective, in the relationship they owe their Lodge 
and their Chapter." 

A brief summary of the Grand Treasurer's report indicates a 
sound fiscal position. Receipts $23,550.00, expenses $21,691.93 
with total assets of $108,271.00. 

The Grand Secretary records a net gain in membership of 
1040, the gross gain being 2078 with losses of 1038 due to various 
causes. It is sad to note that approximately 50 per cent of this 
loss was through the activities of the Grim Reaper. 

Carl R. Moore was elected and installed Grand High Priest. 
Chester H. Newell was re-invested as Grand Secretary with San 
Francisco again selected as the next place of meeting. 

William T. Paullin reported verbally on Fraternal Corres- 
pondence. We regret that California no longer publishes reviews 
of Sister Jurisdictions. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened April 17, 1950. 

Canada is most capably represented in California by Angus L. 
Cavanagh while W. H. C. McEachern carries the commission of 
California near our Grand Chapter. 

COLORADO 

Robert C. Croes, Grand High Priest. 

Harry W. Bundy — Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-47, Membership-7,008, Gain-315-4.7% 

The 76th Annual Convocation held in Denver, September 21, 
1950, Most Ex. Comp. Croes, G.H.P., presiding. After opening in 
Full Form, Grand Chaplin Wm. O. Richards offered the Opening 
Prayer. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests, fifty Grand Representatives, 
including our own, and many Distinguished Visitors, including 
leaders of Royal Arch Masonry from Sister Grand Jurisdictions and 
other branches of our Order, were warmly welcomed and accorded 
fitting honours. 

Would that space were available to dilate upon the excellence 
of the Grand High Priest's Address, the reading of which would 



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indeed be an inspiration to any Royal Arch Mason. The energy 
expended in visiting every Chapter, the fact that there is not one 
dormant Chapter in his Jurisdiction, his resume of existing con- 
ditions, his diagnosis of their cause and his constructive suggestions 
to remedy them all pay eloquent tribute to a year of splendid service 
to the Royal Craft. 

We heartily agree with his plea for improvement in our ritual- 
istic work, "that every candidate is entitled to his money's worth, 
with the best pageantry possible to give," as well as his other 
suggestions that the History of Grand Chapter be kept up to date; 
that every Chapter, as well as Grand Chapter, survey the matter of 
Finances, recognize the changes which have taken place in increased 
costs and make necessary adjustments; that fifty-year membership be 
recognized; that the matter of Grand Representatives be studied; 
that steps be taken to build up Royal Arch Masonry where it is 
backward or unknown, particularly in larger centres; and that an 
objective of 30% of Master Masons be the goal to strive for. These 
could well be adopted in our own Grand Jurisdiction. 

The Grand Treasurer reported Receipts of $8,125.69, Disburse- 
ments $7,452.73, Balance $17,055.65. The Per Capita Tax was 
increase dfrom 65c to 80c. 

Membership increased from 6,693 to 7,008, a gain of 315, or 
4.7%. The net gain was 50% greater than the previous year. The 
number of exaltations was the largest for 30 years. 

Edward E. Hedblom was regularly installed as Grand High Priest. 
Harry W. Bundy continues as Grand Secretary. 

The report of the Committee on Correspondence by Percy P. 
Barbour, though exceedingly brief, is most interesting. His cryptic 
comment on each Grand Jurisdiction is indeed a gift. Canada is 
well covered. The Reviews of five Jurisdictions were written by 
their Grand Representatives, which seems to be a good idea and 
most appropriate. 

Our Grand Representative in Colorado is Clarence L. Bar- 
tholic. Kenneth S. Clarke has the honour of representing Colorado 
near our Grand Chapter. 

F.W.D. 



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CONNECTICUT 

Herbert R. Trolle-Grand High Priest. 
Bliss W. Clark— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-46, Membership-1 0,933, Gain-115. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-first Annual Convocation held in 
Hartford, May 10, 1949. 

Grand Chapter was formally opened by M. Ex. Comp. Trolle 
followed by prayer by the Grand Chaplain. Twelve Past Grand 
High Priests and thirty-seven Grand Representatives were in 
attendance. We note with regret the absence of Canada's 
representative. 

Among the distinguished visitors received and warmly greeted 
were delegates from the Grand Chapters of Maine, Virginia, New 
York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Also, represented were the 
following Associate Bodies, The Order of High Priesthood, the 
Scottish Rite, Knights Templar, Royal and Select Masters, the 
General Grand Chapter and in the place of honor M. Wor. Bro. 
P. J. Jones, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut. 

From the very inspiring address of M. Ex. Comp. Trolle we 
learn much of the activities of Grand Chapter for the past year. 
After a word of welcome to those present the Grand High Priest 
spoke with feeling of the great loss sustained by the passing of 
Connecticut's oldest Past Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Frank 
W. Beardsley. Under the caption of "Condition of the Rite" he 
stresses the fact that economically things are levelling off even 
though the chapters have enjoyed a busy year and show a substan- 
tial gain in membership. Reference was made to the appointment 
of a Publicity Committee whose duty it will be to release for 
publication in newspapers important Chapter events. Dispensa- 
tions were mostly routine, although one refused was to permit a 
chapter to loan the chapter robes to church associations to be used 
for Christmas pageants. We quite agree with M. Ex. Comp. Trolle, 
that these robes are for chapter degree work only. Numerous 
visits to constituent chapters and other Masonic bodies are all 
recorded in detail. We note with pleasure the Grand High Priest's 
reference to his visit to Ottawa to visit our Grand Chapter. Need- 
less to say we were delighted to have him with us on that occasion. 



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The valedictory of M. Ex. Comp. Trolle concludes with a 
glowing tribute to the Grand Secretary, Past Grand High Priests 
and others who assisted during the year. 

This very interesting address closes with these words.— 
"My record is before you. You, Companions, are the Overseers. If this 
record passes the test of your Squares, I am content." 

Following established precedent a written report of all officers 
appears in the proceedings. 

Finances according to the report of the Grand Treasurer 
appear sound and should be encouraging to the members of Grand 
Chapter. It is interesting to learn that Grand Chapter has a Trust 
Fund totalling to $14,833.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's comprehensive report, we note that 
notwithstanding a heavy death loss, the membership reports a net 
increase of 115. 

From an impressive report on memorials we are constrained 
to quote the following poetic gem.— 

"Strong: Son of God, Immortal Love 

Whom we, that have not seen Thy face 
By faith, and faith alone, embrace, 
Believing where we cannot prove: 

We have but faith: we cannot know, 

For knowledge is of things we see 
And yet we trust it comes from Thee, 

A beam in darkness: let it grow." 

While Connecticut appoints a Fraternal Correspondent a dili- 
gent perusal of the proceedings fails to locate a Fraternal Report. 

James W. Burhoe was elected and installed Grand High 
Priest. Bliss W. Clark continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened April 30, 1949. 

Canada is represented in Connecticut by George N. Delap 
while Harvey J. Milne is our representative in Connecticut. 

CONNECTICUT 

James W. Burhoe— Grand High Priest. 

Bliss W. Clark,— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-46, Membership- 10,903, Loss-1 1 

The 152nd Annual Convocation held in Hartford, May 9, 1950, 
Most Ex. Comp. Burhoe, G.H.P., presiding. After opening in 
Ample Form, Prayer was offered by the Grand Chaplain. 



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Twelve Past Grand High Priests, thirty-six Grand Represent- 
atives, our own being absent, and many Distinguished Visitors, 
including leaders of the Royal Craft from Sister Grand Jurisdictions 
and other branches of our Order, were warmly welcomed and ac- 
corded fitting honours. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was short, covered his 
activities for the year and made no recommendations. 

In Connecticut they follow the practice of having all their 
"Line" Officers visit a number of Chapters and report thereon to 
Grand Chapter, which seems to be something to which other Grand 
Jurisdictions might profitably give consideration. 

The Grand Treasurer reported Receipts of $4,177.03, Disburse- 
ments $5,283.64, Balance $4,218.27. They also have $15,329.11 in 
invested funds. 

Membership decreased from 10,914 to 10,903, largely due to 
the loss by death of 297 Companions. 

From the Report of the Committee on Memorials we quote: 

"It is not death to die; 
To leave behind this weary road, 
And midst the brotherhood on high 
To be at home with God." 

From the Report of the Committee of Custodians we extract 

this paragraph, which we fully endorse: 

"While it is the custom in many Masonic bodies to delegate important parts 
of the work to past officers, we believe this practice has a tendency to detract 
from the interest of each line officer, whose duty it should be to perform 
ALL of the ritualistic work pertaining to his station, on the theory that he 
who performs his duty well, even in a subordinate station, is as justly en- 
titled to esteem and respect as he who is invested with supreme authority." 

William M. Wyman was regularly installed as Grand High 
Priest. Bliss W. Clark continues as Grand Secretary. 

George N. Delap is our Grand Representative in Connecticut, 
while Harvey J. Milne is their Grand Representative near our 
Grand Chapter. 

F.W.D. 
DELAWARE 

J. Ralph Carey-Grand High Priest. 
Marshall M. Carpenter— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters— 5, Membership— 1009, Gain— 4. 

The Eighty-second Annual Convocation was held in Wil- 
mington, January 18, 1950. 



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After opening Grand Chapter and receiving fifteen Past 
Grand High Priests, M. Ex. Comp. Carey extended a warm fra- 
ternal greeting to many honored guests. These included delega- 
tions from General Grand Chapter, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, 
JVIaryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, New York and New 
Jersey. Also, received were distinguished Craftsmen representing 
the Grand Lodge of Delaware, the Grand Council, Knights Tem- 
plar, Red Cross of Constantine and the Scottish Rite. Thirty-four 
Grand Jurisdictions were represented by their accredited Grand 
Representatives. We are happy to note that N. D. Rand was 
present and did the honors for Canada. 

M. Ex. Comp. Carey established somewhat of a record in the 
brevity of his address. While short and to the point, it was inter- 
esting and informative. 

After extending a welcome to all present and paying tribute 
to the Fraternal Dead of his own jurisdiction, he made special 
reference to the distinguished dead of Sister Grand Chapter. We 
note with appreciation his reference to Canada's heavy loss through 
the passing of M. Ex. Comps. Dr. W. G. Price and Edwin Smith. 

Official visits, dispensations and appointments are all fully 
covered. The address concludes with words of commendation for 
the splendid support rendered by the officers of Grand Chapter. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates finances as sound and 
encouraging with total assets of $1,740.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary is also encouraging, al- 
though deaths were twenty-nine, almost balancing the number of 
new members. The net gain being four. 

From the report of the Memorials Committee we extract the 
following lines.— 

"They are passing away, those dear old friends. 
Like leaves on the current cast. 
With never a break in the rapid flow. 
We watched them as, one by one, they go 
Into the beautiful past." 

The Committee on Education presented a very fine report 
from which we quote the opening paragraph.— 

"Masonic education may be divided into three phases; namely, ritualistic, 
philosophical, and historical. The man who knows Masonic ritual has 
learned much of Masonry, but unless he has studied its philosophy and 
become familiar with its history he has missed much of its significance, 
not to speak of its beauty and intriguing interest." 



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R. Earle Dickey was elected and installed as Grand High 
Priest. Marshall M. Carpenter continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 30, 1949. 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence was brief in the 
extreme and expressed regret, that finances did not permit of a 
printed report. 

Canada is represented in Delaware by N. D. Rand while 
George Slack plays a similar role for Delaware near our Grand 
Chapter. 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 

John G. Mathes— Grand High Priest. 

Aubrey H. Clayton— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 14, Membership— 4895, Gain— 44. 

The Eighty-third Annual Convocation held in Washington 
February 8th, 1950 with M. Ex. Comp. Mathes presiding. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form followed by the 
Invocation by the Grand Chaplain. 

Ten Past Grand High Priests and thirty-seven Grand Repre- 
sentatives were appropriately greeted. 

From Associate bodies a number of distinguished Craftsmen 
were introduced. These included the Grand Master of Grand 
Lodge, the Grand Master of Grand Council and the Grand Com- 
mander and Grand Recorder of Knights Templar, all of whom 
were formally welcomed with honors suitable to their rank in 
Masonry. 

Sister Jurisdictions officially received included delegates from 
Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. 

We thoroughly enjoyed reading the Annual Address by M. Ex. 
Comp. Mathes. In his introductory remarks he tendered a warm 
fraternal welcome to all present, and briefly referred to the result 
obtained during the past year. He stated that while the gain in 
membership was small yet there was great satisfaction in the knowl- 
edge that harmony and contentment reigns supreme. 

In a graceful tribute to the Fraternal Dead he prefaces this 
section with this poetic gem.— 

"Beyond the Blue to the land of Light 
They have wandered away, just out of sight; 
And so released by pain, and care, 
They are waiting for us to join them there." 



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Appointments and visitations are fully set forth. These latter 
include visits to local Chapters as well as to other Jurisdictions. 

The Grand High Priest paid glowing tribute to the Grand 
Secretary, and other Grand Chapter Officers, all of whom merited 
his gratitude and appreciation. This very interesting address con- 
cludes with an extract from the poem "Compensation" by Edgar A. 
Guest. 

The report of the Grand Treasurer impresses the reader with 
the thought that finances are exceedingly sound with a cash balance 
in the General Fund of $4,528.59, a Triennial Fund of $999.35, 
with balances of $5,604.67, and $3,575.53 respectively in the Dis- 
trict Building and Loan Association, and National Building Associ- 
tion. Investments in U.S. Bonds total $6,300.00. 

The report of Grand Secretary Clayton indicates an active 
year with Exaltations, Affiliations and Re-instatements of 286, 
with losses through death and other causes of 242, leaving a net 
gain of 44 in membership. 

We always appreicate the report of Lucien G. Yung, Grand 
Lecturer. His thoughts are lofty and eloquently expressed. We 
quote a few lines which earns our silent applause. 

"Masonry is popular and respected because Masons unconsciously dis- 
close, by their own actions, their philosophy of life. Every member is 
under a sacred obligation to translate his Masonry into daily life and prac- 
tice, and this, done wholeheartedly, means advantage to the world in 
general. He has a definite work to perform in ministering, not only to 
his own Fraternity, but to all his fellowmen who make a reasonable claim 
on his sympathy and help." 

A resolution to abolish the position of Deputy Grand High 
Priest was duly presented for consideration. This office has always 
appealed to this correspondent as about as necessary as a fifth 
wheel to a coach. 

As usual the report on Fraternal Correspondence is from the 
pen of Otta B. Roepke, Past Grand High Priest. From his brief, 
but interesting Foreword we extract the following:— 

"The absence of a solution for the vital problems affecting the peace of 
the world continues to have the attention of our leadership. We can not 
avoid the unanimous conviction that the existing conditions should urge 
us to still greater efforts to spread the principles of Masonry, for they are 
definitely the only reasonable basis for a lasting peace." 



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We turn quickly to his review of Canada, and find we have 
been treated very generously. He has words of praise for the 
address of M. Ex. Comp. Dean, and states that our Grand Z.'s 
address was inspirational. Liberal quotes are made from the re- 
ports of our various committees, while Comp. Roepke even found 
space to refer in friendly fashion to our last review. May we sug- 
gest to him that it is always a pleasure to read his reviews. 

We are pleased to have as Canada's representative in District 
of Columbia Lucien G. Yung, while our Grand Scribe E. Fred J. 
Johnson (Grand Secretary) carries the commissior of the District 
of Columbia near our Grand Chapter 

FLORIDA 

Leslie C. Bortle— Grand High Priest. 

John B. Phelps— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-42, Membership-7209, Gain-399. 

The One Hundred and Third Annual Convocation held in 
Miami May 24, 1950 with M. Ex. Comp. Bortle in the chair. 

After the formal opening thirteen Past Grand High Priests 
and forty-nine Grand Representatives were received, and officially 
greeted. 

Visitors were many and included delegations from the General 
Grand Chapter as well as from the following Sister Jurisdictions- 
Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and the District of 
Columbia. 

Distinguished Craftsmen were also present from the Grand 
Commandery, Grand Council and the Grand Lodge of Florida. 
All were introduced and received a warm fraternal welcome. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Bortle while anything but 

lengthy nevertheless covered all his official acts and left much 

sound logic with his Companions. From his opening remarks we 

extract the following.— 

"Active, sincere leadership is an important factor in our continued prog- 
ress. Leadership does not necessarily require unusual skill, but it does 
require men who are willing to devote time and effort to the work of the 
Order, as well as to the teachings of Masonry so that each may be fully 
conversant with the precepts and principles. Sometimes it requires more 
skill to be a good follower than it does an accomplished leader." 



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Visitations are set forth in detail, and provide interesting read- 
ing. Dispensations were few in number, and purely administrative. 
We note that one was to permit the formation of a new Chapter, 
which always suggests progress. 

Many commissions were issued to replacements among the 
roster of Grand Representatives. 

The address concludes with a warm commentary on the splen- 
did work of the Grand Secretary. 

The report of the Committee on Memorials is graceful and 
impressive. We extract a paragraph, and a verse from this beauti- 
fully written report. 

"We behold the dismembered fragments of empires, kingdoms and repub- 
lics drifting down the stream of human history, solemnly sublime in their 
utter desolation. Nay more, we see the entire human race on its inexorable 
march to the grave because it is appointed unto man once to die." 
But we as Masons are possessed of a sure and certain hope and, "I would 
not have you to be ignorant Brethren concerning them that are asleep, 
that you sorrow not, even as others which have no hope." 
"Oh, what a tiny thing is man. 

Yet in his brain the eternal plan. 

Through ages long he seeks to rise; 

He feels his path points to the skies- 
Led by a heavenly beam. 

He conquers every foe that bars; 

His way is up; his lure, the stars, 

His feet on earth, his face upturned. 

He profits by hard lessons learned, 

And follows still the gleam." 

The Grand Treasurer through his report informs us of the 
comforting financial position of Grand Chapter. The outstanding 
features being a cash balance of $12,497.00 with investments total- 
ling $16,000.00. 

The report of Grand Secretary Phelps is short and business- 
like. We learn that suspensions in 1949 were heavy while death 
removed 111 Companions from this earthly sphere. Despite these 
substantial losses a net gain of 399 in membership was recorded. 

The officers elected included Carl H. Papier as Grand High 
Priest, and of course, the very efficient John B. Phelps was again 
returned as Grand Secretary. Jacksonville was selected as the next 
place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 24, 1950. 

It is a matter of regret that Florida does not publish a Fra- 
ternal Review. 

Kenneth N. Carrie represents Florida in Canada, while our 
interest in Florida are the concern of H. J. Wendland. 



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GEORGIA 

J. R. Belflower— Grand High Priest. 
W. J. Penn, Jr.— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-113, Membership- 19,000, Gain-1142. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-eighth Annual Convocation 
held in Macon, April 19, 1950 with M. Ex. Comp. Belflower 
presiding. 

Following the opening ceremonies prayer was offered by the 
Grand Chaplain, and the patriotic exercises were observed. 

Twelve Past Grand High Priests and forty-two Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. 

Honored Past Grand High Priests and forty-two Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. 

Honored guests included the Most Worshipful Grand Master 
J. Everett Thrift of Grand Lodge of Georgia, delegations from 
General Grand Chapter, the Grand Council, the Knights Templar 
and the Grand High Priest of Florida, all of whom received a for- 
mal welcome, and were seated in the Grand East. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Belflower was an able presenta- 
tion of his official acts for the past year. After a greeting to all 
present he spoke feelingly of the Fraternal Dead. Dispensations 
were many, and presented in tabulated form. They were all purely 
routine. It is noteworthy that a Charter was granted to one new 
Chapter, while dispensations were issued for the formation of 
three new Chapters. Appointments were listed as also visitations, 
both to constitutent Chapters and other Masonic bodies. Under 
"Condition of the Order" the Grand High Priest spoke favorably 
of the numerical and financial condition of Grand Chapter. 

This very informative address concludes with words of appreci- 
ation for the assistance rendered by the Grand Secretary, and 
other officers. 

We find the Grand Secretary's report very interesting. With 
a large number of suspensions, and a sizeable death toll Georgia 
nevertheless reports an increase in membership of 1142. Ninety- 
one Chapters record a gain in membership, while reinstatements 
were reported by fifty-five Chapters, all of which indicates a healthy 
condition. 



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Finances appear sound and comforting according to the 
Grand Treasurer's report. Cash on hand totals $50,944.00, a 
savings account of $2,677.00, investments of $43,000.00, and an 
Educational account of $1,512.00. This should make interesting 
reading for the Companions of Georgia. 

The report on Memorials is beautifully written, eloquent and 
impressive. Tribute is paid to the memory of 176 Royal Arch 
Masons of Georgia, who during the year joined that innumerable 
caravan toward that undiscovered country from whose bourne no 
traveller returneth. We quote a line, or two from this report.— 

"The kind acts shall live on— their noble example of character shall be 
inspirations to us forever— about their sacred memories we shall place 
golden frames and constantly behold their acts of charity and good will. 
It was a wise one who said "being dead yet speaketh." They shall speak 
to us constantly in the work they left and in the tools handed to us to 
use in the faith of our fraternity." 

Walter B. Purse prefaces his Fraternal Review with an inter- 
esting Foreword in which he reminds us that despite disturbing 
conditions in many nations peace and harmony prevail within the 
realm of Capitular Masonry. 

The review of Canada is an able presentation of the happen- 
ings at our 1949 Convocation. Comp. Purse seems to have thor- 
oughly studied our proceedings, and gives full coverage to all 
important phases of our work. We tender our appreciation of the 
courteous treatment accorded our Jurisdication. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened April 19, 1950. 

Canada is well represented in Georgia by Thomas B. Elfe, 
while Gordon Haywood plays a similar role in Canada for our 
friends of Georgia. 

IDAHO 

Hiram L. Smith— Grand High Priest. 

Edward H. Way— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-21, Membership-2640, Gain-31. 

The Forty-second Convocation held in Boise, May 15th, 1950 
with R. Ex. Comp. Robert A. Sommerville, Grand King, as Acting 
Grand High Priest. 

Grand Chapter was opened in full form with prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain. 



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Fourteen Past Grand High Priests were formally received 
while thirty-nine Grand Representatives answered the roll-call and 
also were officially greeted. We note with interest that Charles 
Harting responded for Canada. Honored guests were introduced 
and fittingly welcomed. These included the Grand Master of the 
Grand Lodge of Idaho, the Grand Master of Grand Council and 
the Grand Commander Knights Templar. 

The annual address was delivered by the Acting Grand High 
Priest. As an explanation as to the absence of M. Ex. Comp. 
Smith, we quote the following.— 

"As you all know, after his election to the office as Most Excellent Grand 
High Priest of Idaho, Companion Hiram L. Smith, was stricken with an 
illness and unable to carry on the duties of his office. It is extremely 
unfortunate that this happened, and the other members of the Grand 
Chapter have carried on to execute the workings of the Grand Chapter." 

After a warm welcome to all present a brief reference to 
Necrology, courtesy degrees and other official acts, R. Ex. Comp. 
Sommerville listed visitations to constituent chapters, and re- 
ferred to dispensations which by the way were few in number and 
relatively unimportant. A number of new Grand Representatives 
were commissioned and after announcing these appointments, the 
Acting Grand High Priest spoke on the "Condition of the Order." 
His remarks indicated a healthy condition with bright prospects 
for the future. The address concludes with a few well chosen 
words which expressed the pleasure of R. Ex. Comp. Sommerville 
in acting for M. Ex. Comp. Smith during the past year. 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that receipts exceeded 

disbursements with a bank balance of $4,210.00, a savings account 

of $2,116.00 and investments in Government Bonds valued at 
$4,900.00. 

Grand Secretary Way's report comprehensively covers all ad- 
ministrative acts and reports an increase of 31 in membership. 

It is noteworthy beautiful bouquets of flowers were presented 
to Grand Chapter by Grand Lodge, as well as by Royal and Select 
Masters, the Idaho Commandery and El Korah Temple of the 
Mystic Shrine. The Acting Grand High Priest tendered thanks 
and words of appreciation. 



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From an eloquent report on Necrology we extract the follow- 
ing poetic gem.— 

"No power can die that ever wrought for Truth; 

Thereby a law of nature it became 
And lives unwithered in its sinew youth, 

When he who called it forth is but a name. 
Therefore I can not think thee wholly gone; 

The better part of thee is with us still; 
The soul its hampering clay aside hath thrown 

And only freer wrestles with the 111. 
Thou livest in the life of all good things; 

What words thou speakest for Freedom shall not die; 
Thou sleepest not, for now thy love hath wings 

To soar where hence thy Hope could hardly fly." 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence commands our atten- 
tion. Past Grand High Priest John Shore presents an able review 
of many Grand Chapters. From a pithy and very readable Fore- 
word we note his suggestion, that a closer link is necessary between 
Craft Lodges and the Royal Arch. He even suggests that there 
might be an advantage in having more chapters, indeed he sug- 
gests possibly one for each Lodge. He has a worthwhile thought 
in this regard, which if adopted would bring us in line with the 
procedure adopted in England. 

He closes with the following.— 

"I ask earnest attention to this problem. If you agree, well and good, go 
to work. If you disagree, let us know how and why. A good dissenter is 
almost as useful as a good disciple." 

We now turn with avidity to his review of Canada where he 
deals with our Ottawa Convocation in masterly style. Nothing of 
import seems to have been overlooked. He covers our activities in 
note and comment with particular reference to our Grand Z.'s 
address. He even finds space to quote from our address of wel- 
come and from our last review. We more than appreciate all the 
nice comments on our last Capitular Review, which in itself is 
just compensation for any effort it may have cost. He feels honored 
to have been included in our reviews, which he states leaves him 
with a sense of having received Public Grand Honors. 

May we say that we shall strive to merit his continued approval 
and take the opportunity of tendering to M. Ex. Comp. Shore our 
congratulations on a splendid report. 

Following the election of officers Robert A. Sommerville was 
declared and installed as Grand High Priest. Edward H. Way 
was again invested as Grand Secretary, while Sandpoint was 
selected as the next place of meeting. 



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The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada as already noted is well represented in Idaho by 
Charles Harting. The commission of Idaho in Canada is the 
responsibility of F. A. McDiarmid. 

ILLINOIS 

Walter W. Taylor— Grand High Priest. 

Edward E. Core— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-210, Membership-36899, Gain-1050. 

The One Hundred and First Annual Convocation held in Chi- 
cago April 25, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form followed by the 
Invocation by the Grand Chaplain, after which many honored 
guests were ushered in, and formally welcomed. These included 
delegations from Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana, Michigan, 
Wisconsin, Manitoba, California, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, 
Ohio, and the General Grand Chapter. 

Associate bodies were well represented by strong delegations, 
these were Grand Council, Grand Commandery, Red Cross of 
Constantine, and the basic body of Masonry the Grand Lodge of 
A. F. and A. M. 

The Past Grand High Priests of Illinois and Grand Repre- 
sentative to the number of fifty also were officially received. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Taylor while brief as such 
addresses go nevertheless covers the whole gamut of the year's 
activities in a remarkably short space. Interesting, illuminative 
and educational expresses our opinion. After a most friendly wel- 
come to those present he spoke sympathetically of the Fraternal 
Dead with a special reference to the lamented deaths of Deputy 
Grand High Priest W. F. Gammill, and Past Grand High Priest 
W. C. Rapp. 

Dispensations, appointments and the presentation of Fifty 
Year Certificates are all set forth in detail. 

Visitations are enumerated in an Addendum to the address 
proper. 



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Reference is made to the events of the year, which marked 
the Centennial of Grand Chapter. These celebrations closed with 
a special gathering in Medinah Temple where members and their 
families and friends were treated to an evening of entertainment, 
concluding with an inspiring address by M. Ex. Comp. Roscoe R. 
Walcutt. 

The valedictory of M. Ex. Comp. Taylor closes with a well- 
deserved tribute to the work of the Grand Secretary and other 
officers. 

Finances of Grand Chapter appear sound and healthy accord- 
ing to the report of Grand Treasurer Pierson. The total assets 
being $86,537.80, of which amount $31,537.80 is in the General 
Fund, the balance represents investments in U.S. Treasury Bonds. 

The report of the Grand Secretary provides a pen picture of 
general conditions, both of Grand Chapter and the individual 
constitutent Chapters. The Grim Reaper exacted a heavy toll 
during the year. Deaths total 863, while suspensions were 512, 
with a total loss from all causes of 1762. To offset this Exaltations 
were 2258, Affiliations 196 and Restorations 338, making a grand 
total of 2812, or a net gain in membership of 1050. This appeals 
to this correspondent as a very encouraging position. 

From a most impressive report on Obituaries we quote the 
last verse of a beautiful poem by Comp. Charles H. Stephens.— 

"We do not know what plans the Great I Am 
Has drawn upon the trestle-board of time 
Nor can we understand the diagram 
Conceived by Him whose spirit is sublime. 
But this we know, that, if we do our best 
And to our fellow creatures daily give 
Our best endeavors, that the final test 
Will crown right living with the right to live; 
For there's no end to deeds that kindness wrought, 
Nor can he die who coins a living thought." 

Ve also are constrained to extract another poetic thought 
from this eloquent report.— 

"There comes a time, it comes to all, 
When we shall hear the Warden's call: 
And each with ashler, rough or true, 
Must pass death's solemn portals through; 
Be it ours, Companions, then to hear 
From the Master's lips these words to cheer: 
'Your work is found both True and Square . . . Pass on'.'" 



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The address of the Grand Chaplain is a literary epic. Would 
that space permitted us to reproduce this sterling talk in its en- 
tirety, alas this is not possible, and we content ourselves with quot- 
ing the final lines of this truly great address.— 

"As Masons and as citizens of this great Republic, we cannot go far wrong, 
if we hold to these three principles: 

1. We cannot change our Constitutional rights. 

2. We cannot avoid our moral obligations. 

3. We cannot endorse any movement which does not have GOD in the 
the center. 

So long as this body of Masons adheres to these principles, it will ever 
be the bulwark of strength to the Nation. May we never forget our 
obligations." 

The report on Fraternal Relations is again from ' the gifted 

pen of Everett R. Turnbull, Past Grand High Priest. 

From a splendid "Foreword" we excerpt the following.— 

"There has been a general let down in the law requiring petitions to be 
held over until a future convocation before being balloted on. The excuse 
is to save time. If that law is holding back work why not repeal it and 
thus obviate the necessity of violating the law?" 

We heartily agree with Comp. Turnbull, and have noted many 
instances where the law has been discarded to meet a condition, or 
the whim of a presiding officer. 

And now what has Comp. Turnbull to say about Canada. As 
usual we find that we have been accorded generous treatment with 
almost four pages of note and comment on our 1949 Convocation. 
Nothing of import seems to have been overlooked by the Reviewer. 
Liberal space is given to our Grand Z.'s address, and reference 
made to the Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters, and our 
Victory Thanksgiving Fund. 

We note the comment on Serving Companions, and the fact 
that they are unknown in Illinois. The Companions referred to 
are those who serve as Outer Guard or Tyler— this office is elected 
by open vote and is not in the regular line of officers. In many 
cases these brethren and companions serve for many years, yes 
even a Masonic lifetime in the one position where there is no 
chance of advancement and seldom an opportunity to see the in- 
side of a Lodge, or Chapter while at work. Hence the term Serving 
Companions. In most cases they receive a fee, or honorarium for 
their services. 

We appreciate the kind reference to our last review, and may 
say that the proceedings of Illinois are among the most interesting 
that come to our desk for review. Kind regards. Comp. Turnbull. 



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Following the election of officers Robert E. McLoud was for- 
mally installed as Grand High Priest, while the office of Grand 
Secretary continues the responsibility of Edward E. Care. 

Illinois is well represented in Canada by J. J. Shelley. Canada's 
representative in Illinois is Fred W. Soady. 

IOWA 

Harold R. Smiley— Grand High Priest. 
Ross J. Camblin— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-95, Membership- 1 487 1 , Gain-559. 

The Ninety-fourth Annual Convocation was held in Fort 
Dodge, April 18, 1950 with M. Ex. Comp. Smiley in the chair. 

Unlike Canadian procedure where Grand Chapter is opened 
by the Grand Z. and his officers we note that in Iowa the opening 
ceremony is in charge of a Board of Custodians following which 
the Grand High Priest is received, and tendered the gavel. Eleven 
Past Grand High Priests of Iowa were present and officially re- 
ceived. Forty-nine Grand Representatives answered the roll-call, 
and were accorded a formal reception. 

Guests of Honor were warmly welcomed with suitable honors. 
These included leaders of the Royal Craft from the Grand Chapters 
of South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Illinois. Distinguished 
Craftsmen representing Knights Templar, Grand Council and 
the Grand Lodge of Iowa also were introduced and fraternally 
greeted. M. Wor. Bro. Carpenter, the Grand Master of Grand 
Lodge was extended the gavel. He then addressed the assembly, 
and returned the gavel to M. Ex. Comp. Smiley. 

The annual address of the Grand High Priest impresses the 
reader that it is the product of a cultured mind, free from banali- 
ties, it covers his year's work in a most readable manner, with here 
and there thought-provoking items, which attract and hold the 
reader's interest. 

Following his introductory remarks the Grand High Priest 
referred to the year's objective. This objective being an endeavour 
to stimulate interest in the revised ritual, and assist in its use. 

Under the caption of "Condition of the Order" he stated that 
while the increase in membership of 559 members was slightly less 
than in 1948 it undoubtedly was due to the introduction of the 
new ritual. 



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A detailed reference is made to the numerous visitations both 
within, and beyond the borders of Iowa. Eighty-five special dis- 
pensations were issued by M. Ex. Comp. Smiley, these covering 
purely administrative matters. He also mentions the constituting 
of a new Chapter, and the presentation of seventeen "Fifty Year 
Certificates." 

After a graceful tribute to the splendid service rendered by 
the Grand Secretary the Grand High Priest closes his address with 
a thoughtful comment on world conditions. We quote a few lines. 

"We have won two wars, but not yet do we have peace; to many a third 
war is inevitable. Confusion and unrest awaits us at every crossroad. 
What the outcome will be, we do not know. We can only hope and pray 
that with divine guidance the teachings of Free Masonry will prevail. In 
my humble opinion, our greatest danger lies not in foreign lands, but 
right here among us at home. Some forms of society are slowly but surely 
making inroads upon the people of this great nation with promises of 
life's abundancy and protection from cradle to grave." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates a sound fiscal 
position with a cash balance of $13,479.00 and investments total- 
ling $29,600.00. 

The report of Ross J. Camblin, Grand Secretary, is sufficiently 
comprehensive to embrace all branches of administrative work, 
the outstanding feature being an increase of 559 in the member- 
ship despite losses through death and other causes amounting to 
628 members. 

The report on the Committee on Necrology is beautifully 
worded and from this report we excerpt the following poetic 
thought.— 

"We can not see far down life's trail; 
Like twisting vine, it winds and bends, 
As if to hide from human sight 
The devious ways which all life wends. 

We must go forth with hopeful hearts 

Along this unknown trail, 

And trust the Father's guiding hand 

Through sunshine bright and blinding gale." 

Past Grand High Priest Lloyd Rime presented the Capitular 
Review. His Foreword is most entertaining, and from this whole- 
some dissertation we extract the following.— 

"As a builder of morals in the community, the Masonic Fraternity may 
well be considered next in importance to the church of the living God. 
It may not be regarded as a religion, but it is certainly religious in 
nature since it is founded on the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood 
of Man." 



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Canada is not included in the reviews, no doubt due to delay 
in receiving our Proceedings, but the Grand Chapters which are 
covered have been carefully reviewed in a very interesting manner. 
No doubt next year Canada may be included. In the meantime 
congratulations M. Ex. Sir on a masterly review. 

Following the election of officers C. W. Conard was declared 
and installed as Grand High Priest, while the Grand Secretary's 
office continues to be the responsibility of Ross J. Camblin. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of 
Grand Chapter. 

E. W. F. Holler faithfully represents Canada in Iowa, while 
another veteran Craftsman in the person of Dr. B. F. Nott per- 
forms a similar duty in Canada for Iowa. 

IRELAND 

Sir Milne Barbour— Grand King. 

Henry C. Shellard— Grand Registrar. 

Regular Convocations of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chap- 
ter of Ireland convene on the first Wednesday of February, May, 
July and November. 

Quoting from a letter from the Deputy Grand King, dated 
January 6th, 1950, to R.E. Grand Registrar reading as follows:— 

"In spite of the serious accident that befell the Most Excellent Grand King 
last October, he was able to carry out his intention to visit the Southern 
Hemisphere again and set out on his journey early in December. It is 
to be hoped that it will be as successful as his previous expeditions, and 
that he will return completely restored to health." , 

"The District Grand Chapter of Wicklow and Wexford have acquired a 
new Grand First Principal in the person of M.E. Comp. T. E. Earl whose 
zeal and enthusiasm for R.A. Masonry are well known, and who will prove 
a worthy successor to M.E. Comp. Harty, whose resignation, owing to 
ill-health, might otherwise have proved disastrous. It is to be hoped that 
both will long continue to promote the interests of the District." 

Report shows the loss by death of several prominent and re- 
spected Companions: — 

M.E. Comp. A. L. Porter 

M.E. Comp. T. B. Adams. 

M.E. Comp. J. S. McElveen. 

M.E. Comp. F. R. Jackson. 

R.E. Comp. The Rev. Samuel Cochrane. 
"And I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, write," Blessed are the 
dead which die in the Lord from henceforth." 



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Four new Warrants were issued during the year, indicating a 
healthy and flourishing condition in the Royal Craft throughout 
the Jurisdiction. 

All the Chapters in New Zealand, Natal and South Africa re- 
port an increase in membership and meetings well attended by 
both Grand Officers and Companions. 

All reports including the Grand Treasurer's show a very solid 
foundation in the Grand body. 

It is very interesting to note the great interest shown in the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Instruction, under the guidance 
of V.E. Comp. R. H. G. Boys. 

Canada's representative in Ireland is H. C. Shellard, while R. 
W. McFadden represents Ireland near our Grand Chapter. 

J.A.M.T. 

KANSAS 

Ottis B. Allen-Grand High Priest. 

Elmer F. Strain— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-90, Membership- 15,053, Gain-605. 

The Eighty-fifth Annual Convocation held in Topeka Feb- 
ruary 6, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was formally opened by M. Ex. Comp Allen. 
Fifteen Past Grand High Priests and forty-six Grand Representa- 
tives were present. Canada, as usual, was well represented by 
Roy H. Clossen. Among the visitors were delegations from the 
following Grand Chapters Missouri, Oklahoma, Iowa and Ne- 
braska. Associate bodies were also well represented, these included 
Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge of 
Kansas. As to be expected all were cordially welcomed and given 
the customary Grand Honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was a delightful narra- 
tive of his year's activities. The address opened with a warm fra- 
ternal greeting to all present, a commentary on the privilege of 
fulfilling the manifold duties of a presiding officer and a sympa- 
thetic reference to the Fraternal Dead. Special tribute was paid 
to the passing of A. K. Wilson, Grand Secretary Emeritus and 
J. Lloyd Morris, Grand Captain of the Host, both of whom died 
during the past twelve months. 



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Appointments and dispensations were given full coverage, the 
latter being purely routine in character. Visitations were many and 
varied and provide an interesting side-light on the year's work. 

Failing in his efforts to rejuvenate Overbrook Chapter, the 
Grand High Priest very reluctantly was forced to arrest the charter. 

Among the recommendations made was one to appoint Re- 
gional Instructors and to appropriate $1,500.00 to cover expenses 
of these appointees. Speaking on the "Condition of the Craft," the 
Grand High Priest stated that conditions were encouraging and 
that officers of constituent chapters were active and enthusiastic. 

This most interesting address concludes with a tribute to the 
various officers, Past and Present, who so willingly had assisted 
during the year. He also has this to say with which we heartily 
agree.— 

"Our branch of Masonry, with the Symbolic Lodge as its foundation, 
antedates all others; its landmarks are still clear and distinct, and we 
should keep it that way. However, let us not forget that Masonry is also 
a progressive science and allows sufficient latitude for keeping abreast of 
the times. Only by so doing may we hope to maintain our high position 
in the society of man." 

The report of the Grand Treasurer indicates receipts in excess 
of disbursements with a General Fund of $11,548.00, a Charity 
Fund of $2,338.00 and investments totalling $18,500.00. 

Elmer F. Strain's report as Grand Secretary covers in a com- 
prehensive manner the administrative work of Grand Chapter. 
Membership increase despite losses through death and other causes 
reached a total of 605. 

A most impressive "Report on Necrology" opens with a verse 
of "Lead Kindly Light" and closes with another verse of this old 
favourite hymn. We quote also the following.— 

"Know not what the future hath 
Of marvel and surprise 
Assured alone that life and death 
His mercy underlies." 

Kenneth N. Pomeroy presented the report of the "Corres- 
pondence Review," while no Foreword appears we have enjoyed 
reading the review of the various Grand Chapters. Canada is 
among the missing but we note with pleasure that our Sister Prov- 
inces of British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan receive in- 



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teresting and friendly consideration. No doubt, our proceedings 
were received by Comp. Pomeroy too late for inclusion in his 
report. We hope to be represented in next year's review. 

Following the election of officers Joseph L. Kirk was duly in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Elmer F. Strain continues as Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened February 7th, 1950. 

Kansas is ably represented in Canada by A. P. Goring of 
Hamilton, Ontario, while as already noted our interests in Kansas 
are carefully observed by Roy H. Clossen. 

KENTUCKY 

James D. Carmichael— Grand High Priest. 

Charles K. A. McGaughey— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-99, Membership-4,611, Gains-771. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-third Annual Convocation was 
held at Louisville, on October 17th and 18th, 1950. 

After the presentation of the flag, and the salute to same by 
the Companions, the Grand company of visitors was introduced 
and cordially welcomed by the Grand High Priest. 

The report shows a busy year for the Grand Chapter Officials 
and from the photographs of the principal officials included in 
the annual report, it is easy to understand how the Companions 
through the Jurisdiction would look for their visits. 

No foreign correspondence report. 

No report from Grand Representatives. 

Old Kentucky must feel sufficient unto themselves. 

L.F.S. 

LOUISIANA 

Herman J. Duncan— Grand High Priest. 
Lee W. Harris— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-51, Membership-7359, Gain-407. 

The One Hundred and Second Grand Convocation held in 
New Orleans, February 15 and 16, 1949. 



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After an organ recital Grand Chapter was opened in due form 
by M. Ex. Comp. Duncan. Seventeen Past Grand High Priests 
and fifty-four Grand Representatives answered the roll-call and 
were formally received. From a beautiful Memorial to the memory 
of Past Grand High Priets Frank M. Milliken and Carey P. Dun- 
can, we quote a verse from the well-known poem of William Allen 
White.- 

"If I live a life that is clean and square, 

And help my fellow man, 

By lending a hand to help him bear 

His burdens as best he can. 

I need not fear what its close may be 

Or how critics my life assail, 

Nor what the future holds out for me 

When I reach the end of the trail." 

Distinguished visitors were legion and hailed from here, there 
and yonder. These included Earl E. Dusenbery, General Grand 
High Priest, representatives from Missouri, Arizona, Manitoba, 
Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Oklahoma, and of all places Shanghai, 
China. Grand Lodge was represented by a strong delegation 
headed by M. Wor. Bro. D. Louis Butler, Grand Master. It is quite 
unnecessary to add that all were received and cordially welcomed. 

Thirty-two pages of the proceedings are devoted to a record 
of the Grand High Priest's address. This provides interesting read- 
ing being free from banalities and the usual over-plus of platitudes, 
it narrates the year's work in a brilliant and convincing manner. 
Following his introductory remarks M. Ex. Comp. Duncan speaks 
with feeling of the Fraternal Dead after which he announces his 
appointments and official visits. These latter were indeed numer- 
ous and leave little doubt in the reader's mind as to the activity 
of the Grand High Priest in the performance of this necessary 
duty. Reference is made to the presentation of certificates to 25 
of the 51 chapters as a reward for recording a gain in membership 
of 10 per cent or better. Dispensations were few and purely ad- 
ministrative. Among the decisions rendered reference is made to 
Dual Membership. This apparently is legal in Louisiana. Many 
Grand Chapters do not permit this although it is legal and quite 
common in Canada. This writer enjoys honorary membership in 
no less than twelve constituent chapters. Commissions were issued 
to eight Grand Representatives including W. B. Stothers of Canada, 
while appointments were made of eight other representatives near 
the Grand Chapter of Louisiana. 



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After a word of commendation for the splendid service ren- 
dered by the Grand Secretary and other Grand Chapter officers, 
M. Ex. Comp. Duncan concludes a commanding address with 
these words.— 

"Having reached the point where it is appropriate to write 'conclusion,' 
I find myself with many unused notes which had been kept for inclusion 
in this report, yet faced with the dilemma of having already prepared 
what seems to be much too lengthy a document to be appropriate. So, 
with mingled emotions, I beg my Companions to draw the broad mantle 
of charity over my shortcomings." 

From a most eloquent report on Necrology we are constrained 
to extract the following.— 

"Oh valiant souls Be Strong; Build for a needy world your Best, and, 
just as sure as the sunlight follows the storms that best will gladden you." 

"Monuments of brass and stone pass with the years. The mountains wear 
away. Kingdoms and knowledge come and go. Language fades as cen- 
turies march most silently into the Past. Good deeds and Life Alone O'er- 
top Oblivion. 'Tis Thou and Thou Alone outlasts the wrecks of war 
and time while days doth Thee Afford a Little Space to Prove Thy Worth." 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we gather the follow- 
ing information. Receipts $13,191.00, expenditures $15,158.00, 
cash on hand $12,828.00 with investments totalling $25,700.00. 

We always enjoy reading the comprehensive report of Grand 
Secretary Lee W. Harris. He elaborates on the standing of the 
subordinate chapters and paints a pen picture of general condi- 
tions throughout the jurisdiction. Since 1941 membership has 
shown an increase each year with the net gain for the year under 
review of 407, all of which speaks volumes for the activity of the 
Royal Craft in Louisiana. 

When you wish something done right you give it to a busy 
man, hence the selection of Lee W. Harris as Fraternal Corres- 
pondent. His Foreword is brief but authoritative. We quote his 
opening comments.— 

"Do you enjoy a visit with your Companions? 

I do, and I have had a most enjoyable year visiting 68 Grand Chapters, in 

which I found 34 of our Grand Representatives present, 22 absent, and 

there were 2 about whom I could find no record. 

I found 62 Grand Chapters gaining in membership, with 2 showing a loss, 

and there were 4 where the records were not indicated." 

To all of his remarks on the subject of Fraternal Reviews, we 
add our hearty endorsation. 



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Canada as usual is most capably reviewed with facts, figures 
and extracts and comments on our Grand Z.'s address. Comp. 
Harris deplores the fact that Louisiana was omitted from our last 
reviews, and while we plead guilty we offer as extenuating circum- 
stances, the fact that the proceedings of Louisiana failed to reach 
us in time for inclusion. Under no other circumstances would we 
omit a review of our Southern friends. 

We note the reference to the absence of Louisiana's Grand 
Representative and may say that illness prevented Bishop Seager 
from being very active Masonically. This distinguished clergyman 
died sometime ago and we feel sure that R. Ex. Comp. Stothers 
who assumed his position of Grand Representative will render 
faithful service to Louisiana. 

A. L. Stephens was elected and installed Grand High Priest 
while Lee W. Harris continues as Grand Secretary. We must not 
overlook the high honor conferred upon Lee W. Harris. During 
the Convocation he was requested to retire and on his return he 
was informed, that he was elected Grand High Priest. After being 
installed in the chair he ruled Grand Chapter for a brief period 
and then turned the gavel over to the M. Ex. Comp. Stephens. 
Truly this was a richly deserved reward for services well rendered. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened February 16, 1949. 

John W. Armstrong is Canada's representative in Louisiana, 
while W. Bailie Stothers carries Louisiana's commission near our 
Grand Chapter. 

MAINE 

A. L. Hopkins— Grand High Priest. 

Convers E. Leach— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-69, Membership-1 2,579, Gain-280. 

The One Hundred and Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation was 
held in Portland May 2nd, 1950, with the Grand High Priest 
presiding. 

Fifteen Past Rulers of Grand Chapter were present as also 
were forty Grand Representatives. 

Distinguished guests from surrounding Grand Chapters were 
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Royal Arch Masonry from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ver- 
mont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Quebec, New Brunswick and 
Pennsylvania. From associate bodies we find a scintillating array 
of highly-placed Craftsmen representing the Grand Commandery, 
Grand Council, the General Grand Chapter and the Grand Lodge 
of Maine. These brethren and companions were welcomed with 
the established Grand Honors. 

Reading the address of M. Ex. Comp. Hopkins one is im- 
pressed with the thought that it was definitely the product of a 
cultured mind, it being at once entertaining and enlightening. 

We are constrained to quote from the introductory remarks 
as follows.— 

"There must be a standard of morals around which society can rally, and 
upon which men holding divers opinions can plant themselves without 
yielding those things which appertain to their theology. There is no better 
common ground on which to stand than the Mosaic pavement of Masonry; 
if each one of us so conducts his own daily life as to reflect to the world 
the high aims and ideals taught by the familiar symbols of Masonry and 
particularly the virtues of zeal, fidelity and affection peculiar to Royal 
Arch Matonry, that radiance will spread beyond the limits of our institu- 
tion to lighten the path of many who have not been so fortunate as to 
receive the benefits of Free Masonry." 

Speaking on the subject of "Condition of the Royal Craft," 
the Grand High Priest spoke encouragingly of present conditions 
using these words in his description of the constituent chapters.— 

"There is harmony, optimism, hope, ambition, zeal, fidelity, love, and 
affection." 

After a graceful tribute to those who had passed to the Great 
Beyond during the past year, reference was made to the dispensa- 
tions sought and granted to the various chapters. It is noted that 
many of these dispensations were to permit Public Installation of 
officers. This, by the way, is entirely foreign to procedure in Canada 
where such practice is not permitted. After dealing with appoint- 
ments and other administrative matters, a detailed report on the 
Grand High Priest's visitations follow. These were many and from 
all accounts must have been productive of much good-will. This 
very fine address concludes with words of commendation for the 
efforts put forth by the Grand Secretary and other officers. 

As noted in previous reviews, we find the published reports 
of all the senior officers provide an interesting pen picture of the 
year's activities. 



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The report of Grand Treasurer Arthur J. Floyd indicates a 
sound fiscal position with assets of $2,066.00 in cash, bonds 
$32,000.00 and stocks $34,567.00 making total assets $68,633.00. 

From the Grand Secretary's report we learn that 695 new 
members were received and after losses through death and other 
causes the net gain in membership was 280. 

M. Ex. Comp. John C. Arnold presented a beautiful report 
on "Memorials." This report as usual eloquent and impressive 
deals with the subject in a manner that intrigues this writer. We 
quote a few lines.— 

"Today the independence of no Republic is safe; liberty of no individual 
is secure. As long as Tsms incite hatred and invite war there can be no 
security. The spirit of Brotherhood is being attacked and the challenge 
to 'Hold fast the Faith of our Fathers' is too frequently unheeded. A lack 
of devotion in discharge of Masonic duty is unlike the strong leadership 
of devoted votaries of the past. A militant paganism which not only pro- 
hibits the worship of God but denies there is a God is a challenge to every 
Mason." 

The report on Correspondence by M. Ex. Comp. Henry R. 
Gillies carries a distinct appeal. His Foreword as usual attracts 
attention, from this Foreword we give you a short extract.— 

"Today the peoples of many lands look to the United States of America 
as the saviour of democracy and of the freedom of its peoples. A united 
Masonry from its financial resources is truly doing its part in a program 
of rehabilitation of the distressed." 

Our Jurisdiction receives generous treatment with liberal ref- 
erences to our Grand Z.'s address, our Victory Thanksgiving 
Benevolent Fund and our last review. We do appreciate all the 
nice things he has to say about our last Fraternal Review. May we 
say that it is always a distinct pleasure to review Maine and we 
congratulate M. Ex. Comp. Gillies on a review well up to his 
established high standard. 

I. James Merry, was the choice of Grand Chapter for the 
exalted office of Grand High Priest, while as to be expected Con- 
vers E. Leach was re-elected and invested as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 3, 1950. 

Canada's representative in Maine is John G. Faas, while E. A. 
Cook has the honor of representing Maine near our Grand Chapter. 



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MANITOBA 

E. E. Grant— Grand Z. 

T. Sellar Cook— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-16, Membership-1819, Gain-108. 

The twenty-seventh Annual Convocation held in Winnipeg 
February 8th, 1950. 

M. Ex. Comp. Grant opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form. 

Fourteen Past Grand First Principals were received with 
Honors. Forty-three Jurisdictions were represented by their duly 
accredited representatives. Our Grand Chapter answered the roll- 
call in the person of our very active representative M. Ex. Comp. 
F. W. Brownell. 

Distinguished guests were introduced, these included leaders 
of the Royal Craft from Alberta, Saskatchewan and North Dakota. 
A strong delegation also was present from General Grand Chapter. 

In the place of honor we find as fitting and proper the Grand 
Master of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba M. Wor. Bro. Harry 
Coddington. All of these prominent Craftsmen were formally wel- 
comed, and received with the customary Grand Honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Grant contains a full report on 
his stewardship. Not lengthy, but sufficiently comprehensive to 
provide the reader with a rather interesting pen picture of Royal 
Arch Masonry in Manitoba. After a warm fraternal greeting to all 
present he paid graceful tribute to the great loss sustained through 
the passing of four outstanding Royal Craftsmen— M. Ex. Comps. 
R. S. Jones, George Fraser, John J. Sinclair and W. M. Bentley. 
Appointments, dispensations and visitations are enumerated in 
detail. The Grand Z also refers to his pleasure in presenting 
Twenty-five Year Past Principal Certificates to a number of vet- 
erans of Royal Arch Masonry. 

After expressing thanks to the Grand Scribe E, and other 
Officers for the splendid service rendered M. Ex. Comp. Grant 
concludes a sterling address with these words.— 

"Companions, may the Grand Architect abundantly bless you, one and all, 
and speed your work for Royal Arch Masonry in the weary world of today." 



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In perusing the report of the Grand Treasurer we note that 
income exceeded expenditures with total assets of $4,926.00. 

From the Grand Scribe E's report we learn that fifteen Chap- 
ters recorded a gain in membership. It is noteworthy that in the 
Jurisdiction that there are 13,000 Master Masons, and but 1819 
have advanced to the Royal Arch. Truly this provides a fertile 
field that should produce a fair crop of material, if properly 
approached. 

The reports of the three Grand Superintendents provide inter- 
esting reading, and the following quotation from R. Ex. Comp. 
Bates of District No. 3 appears to sum up general conditions 
throughout the Jurisdiction. 

"It is but the summing up of what has been reported above, to say. that 
Royal Arch Masonry in District No. 3 is in an excellent state, there are 
no shadows on the horizon and I see nothing but promise for the years 
to come." 

The report on the Fraternal Dead by Canon Goodeve is most 
impressive, beautifully phrased, indeed an eloquent tribute to the 
memory of those who have passed to the Great Beyond during the 
past year. We quote a line or two.— 

"When we are tempted to belittle our place in the world because of our 
obscure tasks, we must ever hold fast the fact that the Supreme Artificer 
needs the gifts of both the least and the greatest. The sweetest perfume 
is that of the lowly violet. The stars shine whether the sun or moon are 
visible or not. God made them all; each for his specific task." 

M. Ex. Comp. Cecil J. Hutchings presented an interesting 
report on Education in which he refers to the "Third Conference 
of Canadian Grand Chapters." 

We have enjoyed reading the inspirational address of General 
Grand High Priest Earl E. Dusenbery. He carries us through a 
historical sketch of Royal Arch Masonry, points out our duty to 
the unenlightened, and concludes with the following.— 

"And, regardless of what Rite, Degree or Masonic organization the Brother 
may belong to, he cannot complete his Craft Degrees and receive those 
secrets of a Master Mason until he petitions and receives the Royal Arch.' 

The Report on Fraternal Correspondence by T. Sellar Cook 
is brief in the extreme, and conveys the information that the 
Proceedings of fifty-seven Grand Chapters had been received, and 
read with pleasure. We regret that Manitoba does not publish 
"Reviews." 



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E. I. Waller was elected, and installed as Grand Z, T. Sellar 
Cook continues as Grand Scribe E, an office which he appears to 
fill most efficiently. 

As noted M. Ex. Comp. F. W. Brownell is our faithful repre- 
sentative in Manitoba, while R. Ex. Comp. F. W. Higginbottom 
of Toronto is Manitoba's representative near our Grand Chapter. 

MASSSACHUSETTS 

William F. Clark— Grand High Priest. 
Raymond T. Sewall— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-97, Membership-23457, Gain-429. 

Quarterly Convocation March 8th, 1949, M. Ex. Comp. Clark 
presiding after the opening exercises reports of the various com- 
mittees were received and dealt with. Following a brief address 
by the Grand High Priest, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample 
Form. 

Quarterly held June 7, 1949 known as "Companionship Night." 
After the usual opening ceremonies, the Committee on By-Laws 
reported and their recommendations were formally approved. Our 
good friend M. Ex. Comp. Ralph W. Copeland was elected as 
Trustee of Funds to fill the vacancy due to the death of Past Grand 
High Priest Cushing. 

From a beautiful "Memorial" to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. 
Cushing we learn, that he was most active in all branches of the 
Craft and in his passing Massachusetts lost one of the brightest 
jewels in Masonry's Crown. We tender sincere sympathies in the 
passing of this outstanding craftsman. From a heart-to-heart ad- 
dress by the Grand High Priest dealing with chapter officers and 
their responsibilities we quote his closing remarks.— 

"To summarize, if you want your young officers to develop an interest in 
Chapter work, keep them busy. If you want your Past High Priests to 
back you up in every endeavor, make them proud of you. If vou want to 
fill your Chapter Room with happy, cooperative and enthusiastic members 
at every meeting, give them good work." 

Quarterly September 13, 1949. Following the usual routine 
business a resolution in the nature of a surprise was presented and 
duly adopted. This surprise was the elevation of the Grand Secre- 
tary Raymond T. Sewall to the rank of an Honorary Past Grand 



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High Priest. This richly deserved honor was the more appreciated 
as it has not been the custom of Massachusetts to confer such 
honor and distinction in the past. In Canada we have on occasion 
followed established precedent in this regard but be assured the 
honor is well-deserved and not lightly conferred. 

Annual Convocation held in Boston December 13, 1949. 
Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form after which prayer 
was offered by the Acting Grand Chaplain. Seven Past Grand High 
Priests and forty-four Grand Representatives were in attendance. 

Honored guests were fraternally received and welcomed. These 
included leaders of the Royal Craft from Quebec, New Jersey, 
Maine, Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, 
Canada and the General Grand Chapter. Associate bodies were 
well represented. These included the following: Scottish Rite, 
Knights Templar, Grand Council and the basic body of Free- 
masonry the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts. All were received 
with honors befitting their rank in Masonry. 

From the reports of the Grand Secretary and Grand Treasurer, 
we find that despite a heavy death loss of 668 the membership 
recorded a net gain of 429. 

Finances appear sound with investments totalling $88,946.00. 

The annual address of M. Ex. Comp. Clark was an eloquent 
and scholarly effort. He covered in detail the year's work and a 
perusal of this printed address gives the reader a very definite in- 
sight into the general activities of the Royal Arch in Massachusetts. 
After a warm, friendly and fraternal welcome to all present he 
pays graceful tribute to the Fraternal Dead quoting this beautiful 
thought poetically expressed.— 

"Beyond the sunset's golden bars, 
Beyond the twilight and the stars, 
Beyond the midnight and the dark. 
Sail on! Sail on! O happy barque, 
Into the dawn of that tomorrow, 
Where hearts shall find an end of sorrow, 
And love shall find its own." 

He refers to District Chapters of Instruction, to chapter no- 
tices and the Order of High Priesthood. Like Canada membership 
in this Order while recommended is nevertheless not compulsory. 

M. Ex. Comp. Clark spoke of the pleasure he had in presenting 



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Fifty Year Emblems to the Old Guard of Massachusetts. Many 
changes among the Corps of Grand Representatives are noted. 
Fraternal visits were many and varied. Reading the detailed report 
of these visitations, one is impressed with the thought that the 
Grand High Priest gave unstintingly of his time and talents in 
the performance of his very important phase of his duty. M. Ex. 
Comp. Clark concludes an inspiring address with these all-too-true 
words.— 

"Freemasonry is not a finished product. We are actively engaged in 
building it. If we glory in its traditions of the past, remember that we 
are making its traditions of the future. Its accomplishments have left us 
nothing if they have not given us the power, the knowledge and the 
determination to perform even greater things now. Speculative Masonry in 
its present form has been with us less than three hundred years, just a 
fleeting moment in the world's history. It is still in its formative years. 
It is in our hands for maintenance, development and improvement. 

"Masonic office is an honour and a responsibility. There is no glory in 
incompetence or mediocrity. Almost any man's best is acceptable, but he 
who offers less underestimates our intelligence. Let each of us recognize 
that we are the Freemasonry of today, and the Freemasonry of tomorrow 
will be what we make it." 

Following the election of officers William F. Clark was in- 
stalled for his second term as Grand High Priest. Raymond T. 
Sewall was re-elected and invested as Grand Secretary. 

The Convention of High Priests was held March 8, 1949. 

It is with regret that we mention that Massachusetts is one of 
the few Grand Chapters, that does not publish a Fraternal Cor- 
respondence report. 

Canada is represented in Massachusetts by Herman W. Bethe, 
while A. J. Stringer of Toronto carries Massachusetts commission 
near our Grand Chapter. 

MISSOURI 

Harold M. Jayne— Grand High Priest. 

Ray V. Denslow— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-102, Membership-20658, Gain-695. 

The One Hundred and Fourth Annual Convocation held in 
Columbia, April 25, 1950. 

The Grand High Priest opened Grand Chapter in accordance 



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with the ritual of Missouri, after which prayer was offered by the 
Grand Chaplain. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests were presented, and intro- 
duced at the Altar. Grand Representatives to the number of forty- 
five answered the roll-call, and were officially greeted. Honored 
guests were present from Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. 

Other Grand bodies represented included Grand Council, 
Grand Commandery, General Grand Council, General Grand 
Chapter, and the Grand Lodge of Missouri. All received a warm 
welcome and were accorded Grand Honors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest is a scholarly effort. It 
impresses this correspondent with the thought that M. Ex. Comp. 
Jayne gave generously of his time and talent in the performance 
of his official duties. 

In his opening remarks dealing with the historical background 
both of the State and Freemasonry he has this to say.— 

"I sometimes feel that the present generation is prone to overlook the 
important part played in human affairs today by the foundations of char- 
acter and virtue laid for us by our Companions of pioneer days. Those 
hardy Companions, lacking in material equipment and burdened with 
hardships that only our forefathers knew, struggled with pioneer vigor in 
the building of their homes and communities. To those Companions no 
burden was too heavy, no obstacle too great and the lessons of strength 
and fortitude, taught by their living, called for courage and determination 
in us to match theirs in spirit." 

Dealing with our present way of life and world conditions he 
refers to the scientific development, the discovery of the power of 
the atom, and the violent and revolutionary events, which are tak- 
ing place today. He closes this section with this thought.— 

"Our fraternity furnished much of the leadership and ideals that gave 
the world our nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to human rights 
under God. We now have the opportunity, in our day, to help furnish 
the leadership which shall determine if 'any nation so conceived and so 
dedicated can long endure' and our efforts will be in direct proportions 
to the unselfishness with which our members embody in their daily lives 
the teachings of our institution." 

Under the title of "Necrology" the Grand High Priest speaks 
sympathetically of the lamented deaths of Grand King Ernest P. 
Brinkman, Past Grand High Priest Willis A. McCullah, and other 
prominent Craftsmen. 



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He lists his appointments, dispensations and visitations, these 
latter were numerous and included visits to Chapters and other 
bodies, both within and beyond the borders of his Jurisdiction. 

After a commentary on the assistance rendered by the Grand 
Secretary and other officers M. Ex. Comp. Jayne brings to a con- 
clusion a most instructive and entertaining address with these 
words.— 

" 'The harvest trulv is plenteous, but the laborers are few,' and from our 
human viewpoint there is so little time to accomplish the things we wish 
to do. We think of our problems in terms of years, or terms of office, but 
Freemasonry lives in terms of centuries and a number of our Chapters are 
already well on their second century. These Chapters, with new men and 
new leadership still continue to teach the age-old principles of Freemasonry 
which have, from generation to generation, continued to fill the need of 
each for truth and enlightenment, and lead each new generation to higher 
and notder experiences." 

The Grand Treasurer reports a cash balance of $17,099.00, 
investments of $104,660.00, with a fund of $4,600.00 in the Bublitz 
Foundation. This appeals to this correspondent as a very sound 
fiscal position. 

The Grand Secretary's report is quite comprehensive, and con- 
tains much enlightening information. From the statistical record 
we note that despite 382 deaths and losses through other causes 
totalling 584 that the net gain in membership reaches the sub- 
stantial figure of 695. 

Among the resolutions presented to Grand Chapter was one 
to amend the By-Laws so that a petitioner for Royal Arch Degrees 
must petition and pay the fees for the degrees of the Crvptic Rite. 
This resolution failed of adoption. In our Jurisdiction the Cryptic 
degrees are separate and distinct from Royal Arch Masonry. It is 
not compulsory to become a member of the Cryptic Rite any more 
than it is compulsory for a Companian to seek advancement to the 
Templar body. 

Under the caption of "The Capitular Year" Ray V. Denslow 
presents his Fraternal Review. This review is prefaced by a lengthy 
dissertation on various phases of Masonry, a comparison between 
American and foreign systems, a historical sketch of the different 
degrees and a sound comment on the duties of a Royal Arch Mason. 
Truly this Foreword is educational, and to a student of our fratern- 
ity should prove of genuine interest. 



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And now for the review proper— this as per usual practice is 
topically arranged. Our Canadian Conference attracts attention- 
reference is made to British Columbia's attitude toward the Con- 
ferences, while this is regrettable, nevertheless these conferences 
are a proved success. While our Grand Chapter is credited by the 
reviewer as taking the lead in establishing these conferences we are 
inclined to believe that interest in such a group was spontaneous. 
As far back as 1936 this writer as Grand Z. received suggestions 
from other Canadian Grand Chapters that such a plan would un- 
doubtedly be well received throughout Canada— in any event the 
conference developed a few years later, and apparently carries the 
interest of Canadian Jurisdictions with the exception of our Com- 
panions from the sun-kissed coast of British Columbia. 

Under Alberta we note a reference to our far-flung outpost in 
the Yukon Territory. It is true that another chapter is in the 
making. It is equally true that should there be two Chapters in 
the Yukon that neither can hope to be numerically strong, but we 
should remember that owing to the great distance a member has 
to travel to reach Dawson City a Chapter at Whitehorse will prob- 
ably be a great convenience to many Companions, who desire to 
follow more closely Royal Arch Masonry. 

Canada is mentioned again in connection with our 1957 Cen- 
tennial, and also we find under Ontario in the Statistical section 
facts and figures as to membership and a reference to our Ottawa 
Convocation. We have read with interest Comp. Denslow's reviews 
of the various Grand Chapters. 

Following the election of officers James P. Hull was duly in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest, and was presented with a watch. As 
to be expected Ray V. Denslow continues as Grand Secretary. The 
retiring Grand Priest Harold Jayne was also presented with a 
watch. 

As this correspondent gazes at his age-worn time-piece he be- 
comes somewhat covetous, and is inclined to regret that his honors 
were not acquired in Missouri, and that he, too, might have shared 
in the presentation of watches. Springfield was selected as the 
next place of meeting. 

Orson H. Swearingen is our faithful representative in Missouri, 
while William J. Tow carries Missouri's commission near our 
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MONTANA 

Edwin Grafton— Grand High Priest. 
Luther T. Hauberg— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-33, Membership-4016, Gain-224. 

The Sixty-first Annual Convocation held in Missoula, June 
13, 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Grafton presiding. 

After the opening ceremonies, a welcome was tendered Grand 
Chapter by the local companions following which honored guests 
were introduced and officially welcomed. These included an Ex- 
cellent Companion from Alaska, the Grand First Principal of 
Alberta and the Grand Scribe of South Dakota. 

The address of the Grand High Priest commands our atten- 
tion. Not lengthy but decidedly interesting is our comment. After 
a gracious welcome to all present he spoke feelingly of the Fra- 
ternal Dead and quoted these lines.— 

"The sun goes down in its glory, the darkness descends on the land, 
But dawn comes quickly to cheer us, for time is a swift-running sand. 
Why, then, should man in his wisdom, forget in his moments of gloom 

That night gives birth to the morning, that dawn will be coming— and 
soon?" 

After a reference to appointments and other official matters, he 
lists his visits to constituent chapters and to other Masonic bodies. 
Dispensations, decisions and recommendations are all fully covered 
and as they have reference to nothing beyond the routine and 
usual need no comment from this writer. 

M. Ex. Comp. Grafton expressed his deep appreciation for 
the efforts of the Grand Secretary and other officers and concluded 
a fine address with these words.— 

"We are passing through troublesome times. Each day we seem to move 
from one crisis to another, through a fog of hate and suspicion. During 
a lifetime we have moved from the 'roaring twenties' through the 'dis- 
tressing thirties' and the 'terrible forties' to the 'confusing fifties'. Through 
it all the still small voice of Masonry has been telling us to have faith in 
the final triumph of right and truth. Our faith tells us that, though truth 
may be crushed to earth it will rise again and the powers of evil will not 
prevail. Let us humbly and prayerfully strive to establish on earth the 
Masonic doctrine of the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man 
to the end that the light of truth may penetrate into the darkest corners 
of the world." 



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From the Grand Treasurer's report we learn that income ex- 
ceeded disbursements leaving a bank balance of $5,771.00 with 
investments totalling $15,000.00. The Grand Secretary's report is 
also interesting, the outstanding feature being an increase of 224 
in membership. Twenty-six chapters recorded a gain, one no 
change and six reported a small loss. The roll-call of Grand Rep- 
resentatives revealed the fact that forty-two jurisdictions were repre- 
sented by their regular commissioned Grand Representatives. We 
should mention also,that ten Past Grand High Priests of Montana 
were in attendance. 

Honorary Life Membership was conferred upon a number of 
distinguished visitors includig M. Ex. Comps. H. E. Bentley and 
Melvin Downey of Alberta. 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence is the product of a 
committee under the chairmanship of Ralph N. Lodge. The Fore- 
word is intensely interesting and establishes the fact beyond a 
peradventure that no mistake was made in the selection of this 
committee. The opening comment being, "Oh man — what an 
assignment," and then they express doubt in their ability to follow 
in the footsteps of illustrious predecessors. This somewhat apologetic 
paragraph need not be taken too seriously as a perusal of the entire 
Foreword clearly indicates that the high standard of excellence so 
characteristic of Montana in nowise suffers by the change in writers. 
We should like to quote extensively but lack of space forbids, so 
we content ourselves with quoting the closing paragraph of this 
literary gem.— 

"Then let us look bravely and boldly to the future, with our eyes toward 
the rising sun of tomorrow and never backward to the setting suns of the 
yesterdays. Our vision will then be clear and our task in rebuilding the 
symbolic Temple will be light and not heavy, and ere long its majestic 
symbolic walls will rise heavenward, and the very music of the spheres 
will be paeans of praise to the Great Architect of the Universe." 

But now what do they say of Canada. We find that we are 
relegated to the back of the book among the other "furriners." 
Well we cannot complain, no doubt, we are lucky to have ever 
been noticed. 

Seriously, however, we find a brief summarization of our 
Ottawa Convocation with little of moment being overlooked. 
Thanks Comp. Lodge for a very fine review (of course in con- 
densed form), also thanks for your graceful reference to our last 



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review. Congratulations on your first report, we shall look for- 
ward to hearing from you again. 

Following the election of officers Dr. Ira W. Stam was elected 
and installed Grand High Priest. Luther T. Hauberg continues as 
Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened at the close of Grand 
Chapter. 

Canada is represented in Montana by M. A. Averill while 
Charles W. Powers represents Montana near our Grand Chapter. 

NEBRASKA 

F. Plummer Martin— Grand High Priest. 

Carl R. Greisen— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 47, Membership— 6947, Gain— 346. 

The Eighty-third Annual Convocation held in Omaha Decem- 
ber 8 and 9, 1949 with M. Ex. Comp. Martin presiding. 

Following the opening ceremonies, prayer was offered by the 
Grand Chaplain and the United States flag was placed by an escort 
of Knights Templar. 

Nineteen Past Grand High Priests were seated in the East. No 
less than 52 Grand Representatives answered the roll-call, John 
McCune responding for Canada. 

Distinguished guests hailed from the Grand Chapters of Iowa 
and South Dakota. Also present and officially welcomed were rep- 
resentatives of the Grand Council, Grand Commandery, the Scot- 
tish Rite and the Grand Lodge of Nebraska. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was a gem, eloquent, 
entertaining and informative. From his opening remarks we ex- 
cerpt the following.— 

May we consider for a moment whv we have Capitular Masonry. It is 
only a part but an important part of Masonry. The Most Sublime Degree 
of Royal Arch Mason is the fulfillment of the desire of many Masons for 
further light in Masonry. The ceremonies of this degree and the secrets 
revealed bring to Masons the climax of their Master Mason Degree. We cannot 
think of Capitular Masonry separate and apart from Ancient Craft Masonry 
upon which it is based and to which it is bound by the closest ties. When 
we think and talk of Royal Arch Masonry, we are thinking and talking 
Masonry in a broadened and extended sense. The best reason for the 
existence and continuation of Capitular Masonry is the contribution it 
offers toward making better Masons and better men." 



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These words of M. Ex. Comp. Martin merit our hearty though 
silent applause. After an impressive reference to the Fraternal 
Dead the Grand High Priest reported his official acts including his 
dispensations, these latter being purely routine. Visitations also 
were set forth in detail followed by decisions rendered during the 
year. It is interesting to note that one of these decisions had to do 
with the exaltation of nine brothers who desired to take the Royal 
Arch degree as a group. This surely was a family party. Recom- 
mendations included an amendment to the constitution to pro- 
vide automatic suspension of all members delinquent for twelve 
months. Also recommended is a provision to establish a joint 
petition for the R.A. degrees and the Royal and Select Masters. This 
latter is entirely foreign to Canadian policy where the latter body 
is separate and entirely distinct from Grand Chapter. It is note- 
worthy, that the Committee on Jurisprudence failed to approve 
the Joint Petition and recommended that action on automatic sus- 
pension be referred to a special committee for report in 1950. 
While deploring the lack of interest in a number of chapters, the 
Grand High Priest referred to general conditions as satisfactory 
and spoke hopefully of the future. After a formal acknowledg- 
ment of the splendid service rendered by the Past and Present 
Grand Officers, M. Ex. Comp. Martin brings to a conclusion a very 
fine address. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a fairly strong financial 
position with cash on hand in the General Fund of $5,388.00, a 
Triennial Fund amounting to $5,588.00 and investments of 
$5,920.00. 

Despite a relatively heavy loss through death, the Grand Sec- 
retary records a very successful year with a net gain in membership 
of 346. 

M. Ex. Comp. Raymond C. Cook for the Committee on Foreign 
Correspondence presented a report which apparently was oral, as 
the details do not appear in the proceedings. We are quite inter- 
ested in the report on the Nebraska Masonic Home. We congratu- 
late our companions of Nebraska on the splendid humanitarian 
work which they are carrying on so successfully. 

From a beautiful report on the Fraternal Dead we extract 
these lines.— 

"But it is hard to write of the death of a friend, 
Or portray the light of his smile, 



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But with all it implies we can lovingly tell 

He was a man, a Mason and a friend worth while." 

Bernard B. Harris was elected and installed Grand High Priest 
while Carl R. Greisen was re-elected and invested as Grand 
Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 7th, 1950. 

Nebraska is most capably represented in Canada by W. S. M. 
Enouy. Our representative in Nebraska as already noted is John N. 
McCune. 

NEVADA 

F. J. Gorman— Grand High Priest. 

E. C. Peterson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters— 9, Membership— 754, Gain— 42. 

The Seventy-seventh Annual Convocation was held in Ely, 
June 6, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was opened in full form, and with prayer by 
the Grand Chaplain. 

Ex. Comp. Stanley D. Sundeen being called upon by the 
Grand High Priest delivered an eloquent tribute to the Flag. 

Five Past Grand High Priests and Thirty-eight Grand Repre- 
sentatives were in attendance. 

A number of distinguished guests were also in attendance and 
were formally introduced and fraternally welcomed. These in- 
cluded a delegation from California headed by Grand High Priest 
Carl R. Moore, who had as an escort two Past Grand High Priests 
and representatives of the Scottish Rite and Knights Templar. 
The Grand Master of Grand Council and M. Wor. Bro. W. T. 
Baker, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nevada, were also 
fittingly received and escorted to the East. 

We have thoroughly enjoyed a perusal of the Grand High 
Priest's address. It covers his official acts and leaves with the reader 
some sound logic on our responsibilities as members of the Masonic 
Order. 

After a friendly welcome to all present the Grand High Priest 
paid tribute to the memory of Past Grand High Priest Henry W. 



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Miles, after which the Grand Chaplain was asked to conduct a 
Memorial Service. This was beautifully worded and most impres- 
sive. Following this service M. Ex. Comp. Gorman continued his 
address by enumerating his visitations and dispensations. Among 
his recommendations are two which appear to this correspondent as 
unusual, or at least unusual when compared with Masonic pro- 
cedure in Canada. He recommends that Chapters and Lodges hold 
joint installations. In our Jurisdiction installation ceremonies are 
held behind tiled doors and it would be rather difficult to arrange 
joint installations in Canada. However, if it were possible we 
can see quite an advantage in the suggestion. The second suggestion 
is one to arrange with the Grand Council and Grand Commandery 
to join in the printing of the annual proceedings of all three 
Bodies. We notice that a few Grand Chapters follow the plan, but 
these are very much in the minority. M. Ex. Comp. Gorman under 
"State of Craft" spoke hopefully of the future and concludes this 
section with the following.— 

"I think we should all remember that our Craft is based upon Good work, 
True work and Square work. A Chapter, like a business, will succeed or 
fail according to the effort made by the leaders." 

After gratefully acknowledging the assistance rendered by the 
Grand Secretary and others the Grand High Priest brings to a 
close a splendid adress. 

Finances in Nevada appear healthy if one is to judge from the 
Grand Treasurer's report. We note that the cash balance amounts 
to $1,785.00, with investments of $2,000.00, and a Savings account 
of $329.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is equally interesting, the high- 
light being an increase in membership of 42, and this despite some 
28 deflections due to death and other causes. 

The address of Grand Orator Frank Woodliff is a literary 
epic, and fairly scintillates with gems of though and lofty ideals. 
We quote two paragraphs from this magnificent oration.— 

"Today we do not know which way to turn. Class strife is at a dangerous 
point. Religion is neglected, and in many cases disowned. Intolerance 
sweeps the world and manifests itself in many localities by violent out- 
breaks and acts of violence. Selfishness destroys all love for humanity and 
thought of equality. Never has there been a time in history when the 
world was in such need of the beneficent theories and principles of 
Masonry as it is today." 



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"In the iield of religion and religious tolerance Masonry has always had 
and continues to have a valuable contribution to humanity. No person 
familiar with the Masonic ritual can doubt the religious significance of 
the Masonic order. The ritual and teachings of Masonry are based on 
religion but not on any one particular religion. Instead, each and every 
religion which teaches men to be good and true, honorable and honest is 
not only acceptable but wins support of Masons who believe in the faith 
as expressed by the teachings of the Bible." 

Charles A. Carlson Jr. was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest, while Edward C. Peterson continutes as Grand 
Secretary. 

Canada is represented in Nevada by Carl Dodge, while Bishop 
Jos. Lofthouse represents Nevada near our Grand Chapter. 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

Most Excellent First Grand Principal William R. Fiske 
presided at the Sixty-Second Convocation of the Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter of New Brunswick on the twenty-third day of June, 1949. 
He extended a warm welcome to his distinguished guests, amongst 
whom was our own Grand First Principal C. M. Pitts, who was 
the Guest Speaker at the Banquet taking as his topic, "The Phil- 
osophy of Royal Arch Masonry." Later, M. E. Comp. Pitts was 
honoured by being elected to Honourary Membership in the 
Grand Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick. 

We note an interesting history: From 1887 to 1890 the Princi- 
pal Officers of this Grand Chapter were known as First Grand 
Principal, Deputy Grand Principal and Second and Third Grand 
Principals. From 1891 to 1931 they were known as Grand High 
Priest, Dep. Grand High Priest, Grand King and Grand Scribe. 
Since 1931, as First, Second and Third Grand Principal. 

Grand First Principal Fiske gave a full account of his year's 
activities and had this to say about Grand Superintendents, "The 
Grand First Principal when selecting his Superintendents 
should take care in his selection, appointing members who can de- 
vote the time and have the ability to fill the office. He should see 
they have the proper instruction and are well acquainted with 
the work." 

He referred to the Conference of Grand Chaptrs but 'would 
like to see at least two more of such conferences before making a 
decision as to the benefits of such greetings.' A detailed report 



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was made by Representative Crawford, and the First Grand Prin- 
cipal would be satisfied, by now, that these Conferences are worth 
while. 

New Brunswick does not publish a review of the proceedings 
of other Grand Chapters. M. E. Companion Fiske suggested "that 
the Grand Chapter give consideration to the possibility of its doing 
so, even if such review covered Canadian Grand Chapters only." 

A progressive act of Legislation was passed at this Grand Con- 
vocation: 

1. That every member admitted to membership after this date of June 23rd, 
1949, must remain a member in good standing of a Craft Lodge. 

2. Any member of a Royal Arch Chapter who has been declared suspended 
for non-payment of dues or other cause in a Masonic Craft Lodge shall ipso 
facto stand suspended in his Chapter. 

3. Any member of a Royal Arch Chapter who demits or has demitted from 
a Masonic Craft Lodge shall (unless he is in good standing in another Craft 
Lodge) after one year from the date thereof ipso facto stand suspended in 
his Chapter until he reinstates his membership in a Craft Lodge. 

Other Grand Chapters may well consider the efforts of our 
Companions in New Brunswick to knit more closely our Symbolic 
and Capitular bodies. 

An increase in membership and finances is noted. Our Repre- 
sentative near the Grand Chapter of New Brunswick was not present 
at this Convocation. Most Excellent Companion Laurence R. 
Colpitts was elected First Grand Principal, and the next place of 
meeting is to be Edmunston. Edgar W. Mair of Woodstock, repre- 
sents New Brunswick near our Grand Chapter. 

J.M.B. 

NEW BRUNSWICK 

L. R. Colpitts— First Grand Principal. 

Roy E. Crawford— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-11, Membership- 1274, Gain-70. 

The Sixty-third Annual held in Edmundston, June 22nd, 
1950 with M. Ex. Comp. Colpitts on the Throne. 

Five Past Grand Z's and twelve Grand Representatives answered 
the roll-call. We note with regret the absence of our Grand 
representative. 



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Following the formal opening of Grand Chapter, Divine Ser- 
vice was conducted by Rev. N. Franchetti. This service provides 
interesting reading and if space permitted, we should like to quote 
generously from it. An explanatory reference to the ancient Book 
of Ecclesiastes is most educational. We give a brief extract from 
this beautiful dissertation on a theme so well known to members 
of the Masonic fraternity. 

'There are TWO IMAGES that come before us here. In the Temple in 
the midst of the City, there is the SACRED LAMP of SOLID GOLD. 
suspended by Silver chains from the ceiling, while the LIGHT which 
the LAMP keeps burning shines in the SANCTUARY. 

NIGHT and DAY the LAMP BURNS steadilv on, and to this is com- 
pared the FLAME of VITAL FORCE continuing to burn in the DOOR 
of the TEMPLE, the WIND rushes under the ROOF and the Silver 
Chain SNAPS and the Bowl is dashed on the MARBLE PAVEMENT, 
and the LIGHT goes OUT." 

The address or sermon as it should be termed concludes with 
a quotation from the immortal poem "The Builders," following 
which the assembly arose and sang "God Save the King." 

Among the visitors received and greeted with Grand Honors 
was Allen L. Curtis, Past Grand High Priest of Maine, and Pro- 
vincial Grand Prior Wallace R. Rodd representing the Knights 
Templar. 

The reports of the three Grand Superintendents give a clear- 
cut picture of general conditions throughout the jurisdiction. 

We have perused with more than passing interest the splendid 
but brief address of the Grand Z. After a gracious welcome to all 
in attendance, M. Ex. Comp. Colpitts dealt sympathetically with 
the subject of Necrology closing this section with the following.— 

"Beautiful life is that whose span 
Is spent in duty to God and man. 
Beautiful calm when the course is won, 
Beautiful death with a life well done." 

After a reference to appointments and an enumeration of his 
dispensations, the Grand Z launched into a detailed report of his 
visitations, and closed an appealing address with a word of thanks 
to all who during the year had been of assistance to him. 

Among the resolutions presented and approved by Grand 
Chapter, we note one to establish the appointment of a Grand 
Chaplain who will rank next in line to the Grand Principal 
Sojourner. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Crawford was appointed official delegate to the 
next Annual Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters. 

From the report of the Grand Scribe E, we learn that the 
gross increase in membership was 106 with losses of 36 through 
death and other causes making a net gain of 70 members. This 
was the greatest gain in a number of years which speaks well for 
conditions in our Sister Province. It is, also, noteworthy that dur- 
ing 1949 not one suspension for N.P.D. is recorded. Surely this is 
a record of which to be proud. 

From the Fiscal Report we suggest that the finances of Grand 
Chapter are sound with total assets of $4,183.61. 

M. Ex. Comp. Crawford presented a report on the proceedings 
of the Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters. He provides this 
interesting information of membership in Canadian Grand Chap- 
ters, Alberta-2,334, Canada-19,213, Manitoba- 1,711, New Bruns- 
wick-1,204, Nova Scotia-2,053, Quebec - 2,825, Saskatchewan - 
2,427. As British Columbia was not represented he was unable to 
give the membership of that Grand Chapter. 

We appreciate his reference to the untimely and totally un- 
expected death of M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith, who since the for- 
mation of the Conference has acted as "Secretary." 

We learn that New Brunswick has adopted our pamphlets 
entitled "Manual Instructions" and "Manual for Grand Chapter 
Officers." 

C. Leonard Jenkins was elected and duly installed as Grand 
Z, Roy E. Crawford continues as Grand Scribe E. 

Our jurisdiction is represented in New Brunswick by Edgar W. 
Mair while John W. Plewes performs a similar duty for New 
Brunswick near our Grand Chapter. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE 

Alfred H. White-Grand High Priest. 

J. Melvin Dresser— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-26, Membership-3662, Gain-89. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-first Annual Convocation held 
in Concord, May 16, 1950. 



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Grand Chapter was opened in due form with prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain and the presentation of the National Colors at 
the altar. 

Seven Past Grand High Priests and thirty Grand Representa- 
tives answered the roll-call. Alfred H. White responded for Canada. 
Among the distinguished guests ushered in and formally introduced 
were representatives of the Grand Chapters of Rhode Island, Mas- 
sachusetts, Maine, Connecticut and New York. Associate bodies, 
also represented were the Knights Templar, Royal and Select 
Masters, the General Grand Chapter and the Grand Lodge of New 
Hampshire in the person of M. Wor. Bro. Gordon A. Conboy, 
Grand Master. It would be superfluous to add that all were fra- 
ternally welcomed and received with Grand Honors. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. White attracts our attention, 
its composition being at once enlightening, complete and eloquently 
expressed. 

After a friendly welcome to all in attendance M. Ex. Comp. 
White paid homage to the memory of those for whom the brittle 
thread of life had been severed during the past year. Special ref- 
erence was made to the lamented death of M. Ex. Comp. Frank N. 
Graves, P.G.H.P. and other well beloved craftsmen. This section 
closes with the following beautiful thought poetically expressed.— 

"They never quite leave us, the friends who have passed 
Through the shadow of death to the sunlight above, 

A thousand sweet memories are holding them fast 

To the places they blest with their presence and love." 

Visitations were fully set forth in detail and covered visits 
both within and beyond the confines of his own jurisdiction. Dis- 
pensations, other official acts and appointments also were incorpor- 
ated into the address. Under "State of the Order" the Grand High 
Priest spoke at some length on general conditions and informed 
his companions that Royal Arch Masonry in the jurisdictions was 
in a satisfactory, indeed a healthy condition. After a commentary 
on the splendid work of the Grand Secretary and other officers the 
address concludes with the following.— 

"I will close with one more quotation, this one from Confucious: 
"To be able everywhere one goes to carry five things into practice con- 
stitutes virtue. They are courtesy, magnanimity, sincerity, earnestness and 
kindness. With courtesy you avoid insult, with magnanimity you will win 
all, with sincerity men will trust von. with earnestness you will have suc- 
cess and with kindness you will be fitted to command others." 



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A very fine and impressive address in the opinion of this cor- 
respondent. 

The senior officers in New Hampshire all present a published 
report which we find intensely interesting. From the Grand Treas- 
urer we learn that finances are in a sound position with receipts 
in excess of disbursements and a cash balance of $4,805.00. 

From the Committee on Returns we find that all chapters 
were represented at the Annual Convocation, that the number of 
candidates exalted together with affiliations and restorations total- 
led 202 with losses through death and other causes of 113 leaving 
a net increase in membership of 89. 

New Hampshire does not publish a Fraternal Review, the 
report on Correspondence being disposed of in twenty words. 

Raymond B. Lakeman was elected and installed as Grand 
High Priest. J. Melvin Dresser continues as Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 16, 1950. 

New Hampshire is represented in Canada by N. M. Sprague 
while Canada is ably represented in New Hampshire by Alfred H. 
White. 

NEW JERSEY 

William Beck— Grand High Priest. 

Charles D. McCracken— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-54, Membership-9367, Gain-131. 

The Ninety-third Annual Convocation was held in Trenton, 
May 10, 1950 and was opened in Form by M. Ex. Comp. Beck fol- 
lowing which the Lord's Prayer was sung by R. Ex. Comp. J. 
Schaem and all joined in singing the National Anthem. 

The Grand High Priest had the support of Eleven Past Rulers 
of Grand Chapter. Fifty Grand Jurisdictions were present in the 
persons of their Grand Representatives. Dr. Godfrey Pittis re- 
sponded for Canada. 

Many visitors were in attendance. These included delegations 
from the Grand Chapters of Delaware, Maine, Rhode Island, Vir- 
ginia, New York, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. Also present 
were prominent craftsmen from the Scottish Rite, General Grand 
Chapter, Grand Council and the Knights Templar. Headed by 



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M. Wor. Bro. F. E. Pellegrin, Grand Master, a numerous retinue 
of officers and Past Grand Masters of the Grand Lodge of New 
Jersey were formally received. The distinguished guests were fra- 
ternally greeted and extended a warm welcome. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was inspiring, informa- 
tive and decidedly interesting. From his introductory remarks we 
excerpt the following.— 

"We have again been blessed with a year of peace although there has 
been much unrest throughout the world and rumors and propaganda 
have given rise to many misgivings. Let us here, in this great liberty-loving 
land of ours, resolve to continue to do all in our power to extend to all 
mankind that brotherly love and affection which is the Great Landmark 
of our Fraternity." 

After a brief but eloquent tribute to the Fraternal Dead, the 
Grand High Priest then launched into an account of his many 
visitations, both within and beyond the borders of New Jersey. 
Dispensations were comparatively few and unimportant. Appoint- 
ments and presentation of twenty-five and fifty year certificates 
were announced. Interesting information appears under the cap- 
tion of "Condition of the Rite." A comparison of membership as 
between Grand Lodge and Grand Chapter is worthy of note. In 
1949 the membership of Grand Lodge, who were also members 
of the Royal Arch was 10.3 per cent of the Grand Lodge total. 
During the year Grand Lodge recorded a gain of six per cent, 
while Grand Chapters gain was five per cent. Grand Chapter in 
New Jersey has a field of 83,008 Master Masons upon which to 
draw future membership. After a well earned tribute to the splen- 
did work of Grand Secretary McCracken, the Grand High Priest 
closed a magnificent address with these words.— 

"My successor in this beloved Fraternity will take up the challenge and 
he, too, will find that a year is just a fleeting moment in eternity." 
"And may "the Peace of God, which passeth all understanding" guide 
my successor to unprecedented triumphs in the adminstration of the 
affairs of our Grand Royal Arch Chapter, whose motto bespeaks our aims, 
"Holiness to the Lord." 

As usual our good friend Dr. Pittis presented a most eloquent 
and impressive report on Necrology. He closes with the well-known 
and well beloved lines.— 

"Rise up, O men of God, 
Have done with lesser things, 
Give heart, and soul, and mind and strength, 
To serve the King of Kings. 



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Rise up, O men of God, 
His kingdom tarries long; 
Bring in the day of brotherhood 
And end the night of wrong." 

According to the report of the Grand Treasurer, receipts were 
well in advance of expenditures with a cash balance of $7,84 1. 63 
with investments worth $13,337.00. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that notwithstanding a 
heavy death rate of 208 and 95 suspensions, the net increase in 
membership was 131 as compared with 183 for the previous year. 

We find in the report on the "Doings of Grand Officers" a 
commentary on world conditions, which provides much reader 
interest but let us quote a paragraph.— 

"The presence of Communism in the world faces us with an entirely dif- 
ferent set of problems from those with which our Revolutionary fore- 
fathers had to contend. We were the revolutionaries of those days and 
because our ideas were powerful we carried the world before us. Today 
the dynamic revolutionary movement is in the hands of others and it is 
sweeping many countries with its ruthless force. We, as Masons, must take 
a definite stand. It is vital to the welfare of our people and we think that 
we can clarify our understanding of this amazing movement if we remem- 
ber that Communism as a doctrine does preach the idea of human equality. 
It appeals to the oppressed and hungry peoples of all lands who think that 
they see in it a promise that they will be no longer oppressed and will 
receive under Communism the same equal treatment as everybody else. 
In their misery and despair the Communist doctrine spreads before them 
a vision which is the very reverse of their unhappy experience— the vision 
of a so-called classless society in which all men are equal. This does not 
stem from the idea of equality itself, it stems from the fact that equality 
which Communism preaches, omits the proposition that all men are crea- 
tures of one God." 

To all of which this writer breathes a fervent Amen. 

New Jersey is one of the very few larger Grand Chapters that 
does not furnish a published review of other jurisdictions. 

Raymond B. Holtz was elected and duly installed as Grand 
High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. McCracken, of course, continues as 
Grand Secretary. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened May 9, 1950. 

As already has been noted Dr. Godfrey Pittis ably represents 
Canada in New Jersey and having regard for his rgular attendance at 
the convocations of both New Jersey and Canada, we suggest that he 
might well have emblazoned on his banner "Semper Fidelis." New 
Jersey is represented in Canada by A. D. Mclntyre of Toronto. 



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NEW MEXICO 

Russell G. Bird-Grand High Priest. 

Lloyd B. Johnson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-13, Membership-2099, Gain-135. 

The Fifty-second Annual Convocation held at Roswell, May 
16, 1949, Grand Chapter was opened in due form with six Past 
Grand High Priests and twenty-two Grand Representatives in 
attendance. 

The Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mexico with an 
escort of his officers headed the honored guests. Grand Council 
and the Grand Commandery also were well represented. A fra- 
ternal greeting was extended to the visitors. 

The address of the Grand High Priest was brief in the extreme, 
yet in a short space he provided information that was factual, in- 
teresting and illuminative. From the opening remarks we quote.— 

"On every hand we hear of the problems facing the world today, from 
every radio report, from the daily newspapers, from the man on the street, 
from every side, we hear of the difficulties of the times. These we do not 
deny. It is rather for us as a great fraternal order to put forth every 
effort to overcome these difficulties. For the greater the difficulties, and 
the more numerous the problems of the world, the greater is the challenge 
to us and the greater are our opportunities for service". 

Tribute was paid to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. A. C. Price 
and other Companions whose deaths brought sadness to their col- 
leagues of Royal Arch Masonry. 

After listing his various appointments, the Grand High Priest 
enumerated his visits to constituent chapters and other branches of 
Masonry. Dispensations were few in number and all of an admin- 
istrative character. The address concludes with a word of thanks 
to all who during his term of office had been helpful to M. Ex. 
Comp. Bird. 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that receipts exceeded 
disbursements with a cash balance of $4,890.00, a Masonic Home 
Fund of $6,518.00 and investments of $27,700.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report indicated considerable activity 
with a net increase in membership of 135. 

Rueben Perry as per usual presented the Report on Foreign 
Correspondence and it was well up to his established high standard. 
His Foreword was unusually brief and after listing the jurisdictions 



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reviewed, closed with the terse but all-too-true comment, "The 
world needs Masonry as much today as ever in the past." 

Let us turn to his review of our Grand Chapter and see what 
he has to say about Canada. A perusal of this review clearly indi- 
cates that Comp. Perry had carefully read the proceedings of our 
1948 Convocation. Full coverage is given to all of our activities 
with brief extracts from our Grand Z.'s address. He expresses regret 
that New Mexico did not find a place in our last review and we 
feel that we should say, that this was entirely due to our not having 
received the proceedings of his Grand Chapter in time for inclusion. 

Many thanks Comp. Perry for a very fine and friendly review 
of Canada. 

Following the election of officers Clyde L. Backenstoss was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Lloyd B. Johnson was re-elected 
Grand Secretary, while Santa Fe was selected as the next place of 
meeting. 

Canada's representative in New Mexico is William L. Ran- 
ville, while Frank A. Copus carries New Mexico's commission near 
our Grand Chapter. 

NEW MEXICO 

Clyde L. Backenstoss— Grand High Priest. 

Lloyd B. Johnson— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters- 1 3, Membership-2, 1 70, Gain-7 1 . 

The Fifty-Third Annual Convocation was held at Santa Fe on 
May 15th, 1950. 

After formal opening, the reception was held to the past Grand 
High Priests and to Grand Representatives. M. Ex. Comp. William 
L. Ranville represented Canada. 

The photograph of the M. Ex. Grand High Priest which adorns 
the report, made this reviewer say, "this man will do things" and 
his report shows that he certainly lived up to his photograph. 

One of his problems was that Master Masons were compelled 
to apply to Chapters over one hundred miles from their place of 
residence to obtain membership in the Royal Crafts and that did 



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not make for successful attendance at Chapter Meetings. At one 
time there had been eighteen Chapters in this jurisdiction, which 
was down to thirteen, then was down to twelve, one Chapter having 
recently surrendered its Charter. Despite the tremendous distances 
to be covered in his Jurisdiction, the High Priest started out on a 
personal visit to every Chapter, and the result could be seen before 
the end of his year had arrived. 

The statements of the Grand Treasurer shows the Grand Chap- 
ter in splendid condition. 

There was no foreign correspondence report as there had been 
years before. 

Frank A. Copus who is prominent in all Masonic bodies, re- 
presents New Mexico in our Chapter. 

L.F.S. 

NEW YORK 

Charles Samson— Grand High Priest. 

Carl G. Wilhelms— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-213, Membership-35,982, Gain-598. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-third Annual Convocation held 
in Albany, February 7, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was opened by M. Ex. Comp. Samson in due 
form with prayer by R. Ex. Comp. Rev. Charles D. Broughton, 
Grand Chaplain. Seventeen Past Grand High Priests were in 
attendance while forty-three Grand Jurisdictions were represented 
by their duly accredited representatives. It is needless to say that 
the ever-faithful Clifford A. McDonald responded for our Grand 
Chapter. As per usual visitors were legion representing associate 
bodies and sister jurisdictions. These included Quebec, Nova 
Scotia, Delaware, New Jersey, Michigan, Indiana, Maine, New 
Hampshire, Ohio, Virginia, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, 
Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Canada. Delegations also from the 
Red Cross of Constantine, Grand Council, Grand Commandery, the 
Scottish Rite, General Grand Chapter and in the place of honor the 
basic body of Masonry, the Grand Lodge of New York. It would 
indeed be superfluous to say that all were cordially welcomed and 
received with honors befitting their station and rank in Masonry. 



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The address of M. Ex. Comp. Samson was eloquent and in- 
spirational. He gave a complete and comprehensive report on his 
year's work all of which provides interesting reading. After a 
friendly greeting to all present he spoke sympathetically of the 
honored dead concluding this reference with this poetic gem.— 

"Farewell dear Voyageur— the river winds and turns, 
The cadence of your song wafts near to us; 
And now you know the thing all men learn: 
There is no death— there's Immortality." 

After recommending an appropriation of one thousand dollars 
for charitable purposes, he enumerated his many dispensations, 
and announced appointments to the Corps of Grand Representa- 
tives. He listed the veterans to whom Fifty Year Certificates were 
presented, also those entitled to certificates of merit. Twenty-six 
pages of the address are devoted to a detailed record of his numer- 
ous visitations which included those within and beyond the boun- 
daries of his own Grand Chapter. We note with pleasure his 
reference to his visit to Canada and stated that the dignity of the 
occasion was most remarkable. Just here let me say that in Canada 
we believe in dignity on all Masonic occasions. We feel that dig- 
nity is an essential on such occasions. Referring to the Tuber- 
culosis Relief Fund, he stated that $4,281.00 had been subscribed 
from constituent chapters during the year. He also spoke of the 
forth-coming Royal Arch Sunday, to be held as usual in the Church 
of the Messiah under the direction of the Grand Chaplain, R. Ex. 
Comp. Broughton. We note that two, if not three, new chapters 
are definitely projected, while one chapter whose charter was sur- 
rendered ten years ago has been rejuvenated and has applied to 
have the charter restored. 

This correspondent is somewhat amazed to learn from the 
Grand High Priest that many chapters use postal cards as chapter 
notices, while others use a small advertisement in local papers. 
Still others combine with other branches of Masonry in sending 
out summonses, all of which is foreign to procedure in Canada, 
where extraneous matter in the summons is not approved, and all 
such notices must be sent out in sealed envelopes. 

M. Ex. Comp. Samson spoke on the subject of public installa- 
tion of officers. He stated that no provision for or against this 
practice appeared in the constitution and as he did not favor such 
practice he suggested legislation to forbid such procedure. The 



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Grand High Priest is a statistician. As evidence we find his address 
studded with statistical tables recording the percentage of Royal 
Arch to Master Masons in the various States and Provinces, all of 
which is intensely interesting. Among his recommendations is one 
to provide pensions or some form of Social Security for employees 
of Grand Chapter. 

From the concluding remarks of M. Ex. Comp. Samson, we 
extract the following,— 

"God willing, I hope to continue an active interest in Masonry if only 
because I am convinced it is the one great principle of brotherhood in the 
Fatherhood of God,— such as Masonry teaches— by which peace can be 
restored to this world. And is there anything of which we are more in 
need today? We have all seen a little lift of the Iron Curtain recently. 
Let us pray it may lead to a rift which will let the effulgence of God's 
sunshine again brighten this world with peace and plenty." 
"Then let us pray, there'll come a day 
(As come it will, for a' that) 
When man to man the world o'er 
Shall brothers be, and a' that." 

Truly a magnificent address the reading of which has given 
this correspondent much pleasure. 

We regret that our limited space prevents generous quotations 
from the marvellous address of the Grand Lecturer. However, we 
must find space fo ra meagre extract or two.— 

"Often the question has been asked, "Why is it necessary to go beyond 
Symbolic Masonry in order to obtain the "Master's Word?" The answer 
is as simple as it is true. Because as nature holds back her secrets until 
mankind has proven itself worthy to receive them, so Masonry does the 
same." 

"Emerson once said, in effect, what we want, pay for it, and take it. Win 
it, earn it, achieve it, and we receive it. Otherwise we should not be ready 
for it, much less know how to use it. The purpose of Symbolic Masonry, 
to my mind, is to prepare each brother for the "Great Attainment" about 
which we speak in Royal Arch Masonry." 

As we scan the report of the Grand Treasurer, we are im- 
pressed by the sound fiscal position of Grand Chapter. A General 
Fund of $30,119.00, a Permanent Fund of $165,371.00 with a special 
Fund for Tuberculosis Relief amounting to $143,200.00, or a total 
in assets of $355,715.00 gives the financial aspect of Grand Chapter. 

From the splendid report of the Grand Secretary, we note 
that despite losses from various causes of 1495 the membership 
roll shows a healthy increase of 598. 

The Report on Fraternal Correspondence is again the product 



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of the facile pen of M. Ex. Comp. Charles J. Wells. From a thought- 
provoking Foreword we extract the opening paragraph to which 
we heartily subscribe.— 

"Masonic orators have waxed eloquent in their diagnosis of the ills of the 
Craft. Just this side of an apoplectic stroke they conclude with these 
words. 'What Masonry needs is not more men in Masonry, but more 
Masonry in men.' In spite of this half truth there still remains the need 
of having men to put Masonry into, and putting Masonry into men is a 
far more complicated process than the mere wave of the hand." 

M. Ex. Comp. Wells writes his Foreword under the title of 
"One Million Royal Arch Masons" and makes out a good case for 
the need of such an objective. He concludes with the following.— 

"The need of these million and more ardent Royal Arch Craftsmen will 
continue until the Temple of our endeavors is completed and dedicated, 
and the "Crowning Glory" of Royal Arch Masonry is known and rev- 
erenced throughout the world. Then, to the Quarries, Companions! We 
have been waiting long enough! ! Capitular Masonry is on the move! ! 
"The NEW AGE stands as yet 

Half built against the sky, 
Open to every threat 

Of storms that clamor by, 
Scaffolding veils the walls 

And dim dust floats and falls, 
As, moving to and fro, their tasks 
The MASONS ply." 

His review of Canada is a masterly effort. He quotes liberally 
from our Grand Z.'s address, refers to the percentage of Royal Arch 
Masons in relation to our Grand Lodge membership and concludes 
with an extract from our last review. Thanks Comp. Wells for a 
complete and friendly review of Canada. 

Following the election of officers A. Elmo Cole was installed 
as Grand High Priest, our old friend Bob Donovan (excuse the 
familiarity) was installed as Deputy Grand High Priest, while of 
course, Carl G. Wilhelms continues as Grand Secretary. 

Canada is ably represented in New York by Clifford A. 
McDonald, while Past Grand Z. John M. Burden of Toronto is 
New York's energetic representative near our Grand Chapter. 

NEW ZEALAND 
H. Campbell— First Grand Principal. 
E. Cannons— Grand Scribe E. 
Chapters-81, Membership-6,033, Gain-251 



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The Fifty-eighth Annual Convocation of the Supreme Grand 
Chapter was held at Wellington, February 22, 1950 and opened in 
ample form by M. E. Comp. Herbert Campbell. His address was 
concise and inspiring. He said "We again have an increase in our 
membership, which indicates increased interest in Royal Arch 
Freemasonry, an increased interest that will deepen and broaden 
our knowledge and interest in the whole Masonic Structure. The 
prosperity of the Royal Arch means the prosperity of Freemasonry 
in general. I like to see flourishing records in membership, so long 
as we get the right class of members and we fulfill our duties to 
exaltees. Our responsibility is to see that they are instructed in 
every branch of Masonic knowledge and to make sure that they are 
fully qualified to share their responsibilities in the Order to which 
we admit them. So long as we keep that in view, I do not see that 
we can have too many Royal Arch Masons." 

The reports of the Grand Treasurer and Grand Scribe E indi- 
cate a most healthy condition throughout the Jurisdiction and those 
of the Grand Superintendents throw most interesting light in the 
progress being made in Capitular Masonry. Chapters we urged to 
confer the Ark Mariner and Red Cross degrees which do not come 
under the Jurisdiction of our Grand Chapter, and also the degrees 
existing between the several constitutions, th English, Scottish and 
of the Cryptic Rite. Frequent reference is made to the harmony 
existing between the several Constitutions the English, Scottish and 
Irish in addition to the Supreme Grand Chapter of New Zealand 
all working in the same Districts of that Dominion. 

The whole Proceedings as published make an extremely read- 
able and comprehensive record of the Annual Convocation and the 
year's work, the Report of the Supreme Committee and its resolu- 
tions being dealt with verbatim. It was interesting to note that 
the constitution was amended to provide that Chapters joining 
New Zealand from other Constitutions might do so without im- 
pairment of the Companions former privileges in their Craft affili- 
ations by requiring them to be contributing members of the Lodge 
of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand, before holding certain offices 
or receiving certain degrees. 

The whole record is one of harmony and efficiency. 

The election of officers resulted in the installation of Dr. Lance- 
lot John Hunter as First Grand Principal. His address on assuming 



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office was direct and incisive, diagnosing the ills of our present day 
systems and standards of Government, as compared with the pattern 
laid down for our instruction in the Volume of the Sacred Law, and 
setting forth the challenge of spiritual versus material values, and 
the Royal Arch Mason's answer to subversive appeals, in the adapt- 
ed words of the "Sailor's Prayer"— 

"Correct us in our judgment, O Lord, and incline us always toward our duty, 
that we may be a security and a safeguard to all who pass upon their lawful 
occasions." 

We note with pleasure that our Grand Representative Rt. E. 
Comp. N. B. Spencer, P. G. Reg. conveyed our salutations on this 
occasion. Rt. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. Austin Evans ably represents New 
Zealand in our Grand Chapter. 

R. E. Comp. E. Cannons was again elected Grand Scribe E. 

C.M.P. 

NORTH CAROLINA 

Leon Godown— Grand High Priest. 

Millard F. McKeel, P.G.H.P.-Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-37, Membership-6,438, Gains-388e 

The One Hundred and Twenty-Seventh Annual Convocation 
held at Durham, on May 10th, 1949. 

After the usual formal openings and presentation, the Grand 
High Priest delivered a forthright account of his labours during 
the past year. 

We quote from his address as follows: 

"From reports coming to me from various sections of the state, and from 
personal observation in some instances, I find that Capitular Masonry in 
North Carolina continues on the up-grade. That most of the Chapters are 
enjoying increases in membership is most heartening. More important, in 
my opinion, is the fact that members of the Royal Craft throughout this 
Grand Jurisdiction are showing more enthusiasm and keener interest in the 
work of their respective Chapters. This has been a source of great inspir- 
ation during the year." 

We were struck by the tribute to the Grand Secretary and 
cannot refrain from quoting: 

"As for attempting to evaluate the wonderful service rendered by Most 
Excellent Companion Millard F. McKeel, our Grand Secretary, mere words 
are empty. If I were to say he was the guiding spirit, it would not be 
an exaggeration. 



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To have taken over his duties under conditions as he found them, would 
would have disheartened any ordinary person. Millard, however, went 
about the business of bringing order out of chaos. He has done an excellent 
job of getting together and arranging the Grand Chapter's records. At the 
same time, he has kindly and graciously done more than his share whenever 
any of us have found it necessary to go to him for aid. I trust my humble 
"thank you, Millard," will in some wise convey the gratitude we all owe to 
this beloved Companion." 

No foreign correspondence report. The representatives of 
other bodies apparently not called upon for any report or 
recognition. 

William A. Coble succeeds to the office of Grand King, while, 
of course, M. Ex. Comp. Millard F. McKeel continues as Grand 
Secretary. 

L.F.S. 

NORTH DAKOTA 

Gilbert H. Movius— Grand High Priest. 

W. L. Stockwell— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-24, Membership-2759, Gain-139. 

The Sixty-first Annual Convocation held in Fargo, January 
18, 19, 1950. 

After the formal opening of Grand Chapter, visitors were re- 
ceived from Manitoba, Iowa, Montana and Minnesota. The fol- 
lowing associate bodies were represented: Knights Templar, Royal 
and Select Masters, Scottish Rite and the Grand Lodge of North 
Dakota represented by the Grand Master, M. Wor. Bro. H. S. 
Pond. 

A reception was tendered to M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery 
the General Grand High Priest. All these distinguished craftsmen 
were received with the customary Grand Honors. 

Nine Past Grand High Priests and twenty- four Grand Repre- 
sentatives were also officially recognized and extended a warm 
welcome. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Movius as read by this corres- 
pondent is a crisp, concise report on his official acts for the year. 
After a friendly reception to all present he announced a number 
of changes among the Grand Representatives and then launched 
into a detailed report of his many visitations. These included 



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attendance at the convocations of other Grand Chapters as well 
as to a number of Associate Grand Bodies. A brief but sympa- 
thetic reference is made to the Fraternal Dead followed by a list of 
his administrative dispensations. 

After speaking of general conditions which he stated were 
both encouraging and disappointing, this paradox being explained 
by a statement, that all chapters had candidates but due to a 
heavy death loss the increase in membership was short of 
expectations. 

M. Ex. Comp. Movius concludes an excellent address with an 
expression of appreciation for the assistance rendered by the 
Grand Secretary and other officers during his term of office. 

A Special Committee moved that due to the usual inclement 
weather in January that the date of Grand Chapter be changed to 
March 14th. This motion was carried unanimously. 

From the report of the Grand Treasurer we note that receipts 
exceeded disbursements with cash on hand amounting to $4,126.00 
and investments of $3,500.00. 

From the interest compelling report of the Grand Secretary, 
we extract this comment following a reference from the horse and 
buggy days to the modern trend.— 

"May we ask whether we are getting much more out of life than did our 
fathers and mothers, or our grandparents. They didn't have so many 
movies or clubs, but they went "visitin* " and knew their neighbors. The 
pressures of modern life are taking their toll upon the younger generation. 
We have had two awful World Wars and the Cold War continues, but 
let us not lose Faith that eventually the Charter of the United Nations 
will dominate World affairs." 

From M. Ex. Comp. Stockwell's impressive report on "Memori- 
als" we quote.— 

"We realize that each year takes its toll of distinguished and widely known 
companions; but praise be, we are taught to believe that there is Life 
beyond what we know as death. We believe in God and in the Immortality 
of the soul. As companions of this great Masonic Order we have been 
taught to present good work, true work and square work." 

The reports of the seven District Deputies are well worth read- 
ing and present a graphic description of conditions throughout the 
jurisdiction. 

The report of Fraternal Correspondent Walter H. Murfin is 



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most inspiring. Speaking of the trend towards increased member- 
ship he has this to say.— 

"How many of these will become real Royal Arch Masons depends on us, 
if we worship only numbers and do not give any further attention to our 
candidates. We must imbue them with a real love and enthusiasm for 
the rite or most of them will prove to be liabilities rather than assets. 
One fraternal correspondent compares such lethargy as similar to the 
appeasement' about which we have heard and seen so much since Munich, 
and we quote: "Let us have a positive Democracy and a positive Masonry. 
When we thoroughly know where we stand ourselves, there will be no 
difficulty in convincing others'." 

We congratulate M. Ex. Comp. Murfin on a most interesting 
report. 

The annual dinner of Grand Chapter was the occasion for 
an address by Grand Master Harold Pond. The M. Wor. Brother 
spoke from the text, "Son of Man stand on thy feet and I will 
speak unto thee." Eloquent, thought provoking and inspirational 
expresses our opinion of this most stimulating address. We should 
like to quote generously but lack of space prevents us from giving 
you more then the poetic gem with which this distinguished bro- 
ther closed his adress.— 

"So many men before Thy altar kneel, 
Unthinkingly, to promise brotherhood. 
So few remain, humbly to kiss Thy Rood, 
With ears undeafened to Thy mute appeal. 
So many find Thy symbols less than real, 
Thy teachings, mystic, hard to understand. 
So few there are, in all Thy far flung band, 
To hold Thy banner high and draw Thy steel. 
And yet, Immortal, and Most Mighty Thou! 
What is the vital spark, hid in Thy vow? 
Thy millions learned, as Thy dear paths they trod, 
The secret of the strength Thou has to give. 
I am a way of common man to God." 

Following the election of officers Albert G. Tverberg was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. Walter L. Stock well was re-invested 
as Grand Secretary. Fargo was selected as the next place of meeting. 

Canada is well represented in North Dakota by Clifford E. 
Miller, while our popular Grand Third Principal. J. A. M. Taylor 
carries the commission of North Dakota near our Grand Chapter. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

F. M. Blois-Grand High Priest. 
H. F. Sipprell— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters— 21, Membership— 2053, Gain— 6. 



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The Eightieth Annual Convocation was held in St. John's, 
Newfoundland, August 29, 1949. 

M. Ex. Comp. Blois opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form 
with four Past Grand High Priests seated in the Grand East, after 
which a motion was presented and unanimously carried which 
conferred Honorary Membership on our Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. 
C. M. Pitts. This friendly gesture will be much appreciated by 
the Companions of our Grand Chapter. It is noted that honorary 
rank was also conferred upon R. Ex. Comp. D. M. MacFarlane, 
the District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of New- 
foundland. Among the honored guests received and cordially wel- 
comed were the Grand Master of the Royal and Select Masters, the 
representative of the Grand First Principal of New Brunswick 
and as already noted M. Ex. Comp. Pitts of our Grand Chapter. 
It is interesting to note the reception of the District Grand Master 
of the District Grand Lodge of Newfoundland under the jurisdic- 
tion of the Grand Lodge of Scotland and the District Grand Master 
of the District Grand Lodge under the jurisdiction of the United 
Grand Lodge of England. It appears that the Grand Lodges of 
England and Scotland share sovereign rights over symbolic Masonry 
in Newfoundland. M. Ex. Comp. P. S. Cochrane as Deputy Grand 
Master represented the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia. 

Following a reception to the Past Grand High Priests, the 
Acting Grand Chaplain conducted a most impressive Divine Ser- 
vice. From the address of Rev. A. R. Baggs, we quote a line or 
two.— 

"The first task of the mind is to perceive that in the midst of which it 
stands. We live in a manysided, complex, ever-changing universe, and 
we cannot live in it truly and wisely, let alone greatly, unless we bring 
our minds to bear upon it. The initial task of the mind is to come to 
grips with the world in which we live, and the more alert, eager, open- 
minded observant we are, the greater and richer that world becomes." 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Blois is highly interesting. It 
covers his official acts and provides the reader with much informa- 
tion concerning activities of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia. 
After a warm fraternal greeting to all present he referred to 
Canada's tenth and newest Province in these words.— 

"It is with great pleasure that today we are meeting in the old historic 
city of St. John's, a place that for hundreds of years has meant much to 
the British Commonwealth as a whole, and to Canada in particular. Now 
that Newfoundland is the tenth province, it is indeed a particular pleasure 
to be meeting here, where Masonry has played such a part for over two 



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hundred years. It is the sincere wish of your Grand High Priest that the 
long history of friendly association between the two neighbouring peoples, 
the mutual respect and interdependence strengthened by Wartime experi- 
ence and common membership within the British Commonwealth, which 
did much to bring about union with Canada, will continue to unite us 
in an even stronger bond." 

He also spoke in glowing terms, of the presence of M. Ex. 
Comp. Pitts and his tribute to the worth of this distinguished 
Craftsman finds a ready response in the hearts of M. Ex. Comp. 
Pitts, friends and colleagues. 

Visitations are set forth in detail and provide interesting read- 
ing. His remarks regarding the Annual Conference of Canadian 
Grand Chapters held in Toronto, September 14, 1949, and his 
special reference to the chairman M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris is 
also of interest. We heartily endorse all the nice things he had to 
say of that great pillar of Masonry M. Ex. Comp. Harris. 

After enumerating his appointments and dispensations, he 
spoke of the special Convocation held in Halifax, June 15th, this 
Convocation being necessary as he felt that it would be very diffi- 
cult for many members of Grand Chapter to attend the Annual 
Convocation in Newfoundland. 

We are very glad to learn that M. Ex. Comp. Blois recom- 
mended, that Grand Chapter continue membership in the Annual 
Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters. 

This very fine address closes with a commentary on the splen- 
did service of the Grand Secretary and other officers of Grand 
Chapter. 

Nova Scotia is divided into five districts and the reports of the 
Grand Superintendents clearly indicate that conditions in Nova 
Scotia are active and virile. Finances appear sound as indicated by 
the report of the Grand Treasurer with assets of $8,559.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary records an increase in 
membership of 62 despite losses through death and suspensions of 
84. Fourteen of the twenty-one chapters report gains in member- 
ship, six record a loss while one chapter remains unchanged. 

The roll-call of Grand Representatives was answered by repre- 
sentatives of fourteen Sister Jurisdictions. No doubt, this some- 
what limited response was due to the meeting being held in New- 



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foundland. From the report of the Committee on Necrology we 
extract this beautiful thought poetically expressed.— 

"They never quite leave us, 
The friends who have passed 
Through the Shadow of Death 
To the Sunlight above; 
A thousand sweet memories 
Are holding them fast, 
To the places they blessed 
With their presence and love." 

The report of M. Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris on the Second Con- 
ference of Canadian Grand Chapters leaves little doubt in the 
reader's mind as to the value of these conferences to Canadian 
Jurisdictions. 

We are particularly impressed with the report of the Commit- 
tee on the Special Benevolent Fund. Nova Scotia is to be com- 
mended upon the splendid humanitarian work on behalf of the 
blind which it carries on so successfully. 

Our very good friend M. Ex. Comp. P. S. Cochrane presented 
the report on Fraternal Correspondence. In it he spoke favourably 
of published reviews which, of course, coincides precisely with the 
writer's viewpoint. 

Canada 1948 is reviewed in condensed form but in a limited 
space the reviewer seems to have covered all the high-lights of our 
1948 Convocation in a most friendly and capable manner, for 
which we tender sincere thanks. 

Claude Noonan was elected and formally installed as Grand 
High Priest. H. F. Sipprell continues as Grand Secretary while 
Yarmouth was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened August 30th, 1949 
in St. John's, Newfoundland. 

George S. Wright carries our commission as Grand Repre- 
sentative in Nova Scotia while our Grand Z. Clarence M. Pitts 
performs a similar duty for Nova Scotia near our Grand Chapter. 

NOVA SCOTIA 

A. B. Crook-Grand High Priest. 
H. F. Sipprell— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters-22, Membership-2,098, Gain-45. 



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The 81st Annual Convocation of the Grand Chapter of Royal 
Arch Masons of Nova Scotia, with Jurisdiction over Nova Scotia, 
Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, was held in the Masonic 
Temple, Yarmouth, N.S. on the 6th day of June, 1950, with the 
Grand High Priest, M. Ex. Comp. Claude Noonan declaring Grand 
Chapter open in ample form. (The Proceedings indicate that there 
had been a special Convocation of the Grand Chapter at Botwood, 
Newfoundland on November 21st, 1949, for the purpose of consti- 
tuting and dedicating Arklie Chapter No. 25 and installing its 
officers.) Distinguished visitors representing the Grand Council, 
Royal Select Masters, Eastern Jurisdiction of Canada, the Grand 
Imperial Conclave of Canada of the Red Cross of Constantine and 
the Provincial Grand Prior of the Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, 
Knights Templar, the 111. Deputy for the Ancient and Accepted 
Scottish Rite and a Past Grand Z and Grand Scribe E of the Grand 
Royal Arch Chapter of New Brunswick and the personal repre- 
sentative of the Grand Master of Masons in Nova Scotia were pre- 
sented and received with proper Masonic honours, following which 
there was a reception of the Past Grand High Priests of the Grand 
Chapter of Nova Scotia, when six were present and received with 
due honour. 

It is the custom of the Grand Chapter of Nova Scotia to then 
hold Divine Service, which includes a hymn, responsive reading of 
a psalm, a prayer by the Grand Chaplain, and an address by him to 
Grand Chapter which is at once an inspiration and an exortation, 
closing with a hymn, the National Anthem, and the Benediction. 
It makes a very solemn and reverent approach to the business of 
Grand Chapter. 

The Grand High Priest's address covered most comprehensively 
the recording of his stewardship during his year of office, in which 
he paid, first, grateful tribute to the memory of the departed com- 
panions. A complete list of visitations throughout his Jurisdiction, 
both on the mainland and on the Islands of Prince Edward Island 
and Newfoundland, followed in complete detail and his official 
acts in connection with appointments, amendments to by-laws, and 
dispensations, all of which were of a routine character. He men- 
tions with enthusiasm, the formation of the new Chapter in New- 
foundland called Arklie Chapter No. 25 and his pleasure in 
officiating at its consecration. Among his recommendations, rising 
out of his experience of his year of office, he refers to the benefits 



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of the continuance of membership in the Conference of Canadian 
Grand Chapters and the recommendation that the Grand King and 
the Grand Scribe should assist in carrying the burden of official 
visitation so that every Chapter of the Jurisdiction might be visited 
during the year. His address concludes with a strong appeal that 
the Royal Arch Mason should practice outside his chapter, the 
work inculcated within it. We note with pleasure that one of the 
items which took place at the Annual Convocation was the present- 
ation to one of our Ex. Companions immediately out of office in 
the St. Patrick's Chapter, Ex. Comp. Harry Scott, with his Past 
First Principal's Jewel on our behalf. The reports of the Grand 
Superintendents of the six Districts within the Jurisdiction indicate 
that conscientious and efficient work is being done throughout the 
Jurisdiction. We note with interest that the Grand Chapter has 
sponsored two issues of a publication called the "Royal Craftsman" 
and that an educational pamphlet on the "so-called" York-Rite is 
in course of preparation. The report of the Treasurer indicates the 
funds of Grand Chapter to be in very satisfactory condition, it hav- 
ing been possible to transfer to their benevolent account some 
$3,425.53 during the year, leaving a substantial balance in the 
general account after this adjustment. The Grand Secretary reports 
a very satisfactory record of collections from the constituent Chap- 
ters, and extends his thanks for the co-operation of the secretaries of 
the constituent Chapters, although it would seem that even in Nova 
Scotia, some secretaries are slow in getting in their annual returns. 
We are happy to note that Most Ex. Comp. G. S. Wright, the Grand 
Representative of our Grand Chapter was present and welcomed. 

We note with interest the passing of a resolution respecting 
boys' work within the Jurisdiction to the effect that they approve 
and permit the formation, under auspices of any Chapter, in the 
Jurisdiction, of a Chapter of the Order of Demolay for boys, and 
also the recommendation that the Chapters form, where practicable, 
troops of Boy Scouts, as a practical means of assisting the youth 
of the community. In our Jurisdiction, this action would of course, 
not be possible, as the Order of Demolay is not recognized by our 
Grand Lodge, but we will follow with interest, the work in con- 
nection with developing valuable opportunities for service to the 
youth of the land. The Grand Archivist, Most Ex. Comp. Reginald 
V. Harris, presented a most comprehensive report on the work of 
the Canadian Masonic Research Association and the meetings of 



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the preliminary committee in Toronto on November 15th, 1949, 
of representatives of the All-Canada Conference of Grand Masters 
and of the Canadian Grand Chapters, also representatives from the 
Sovereign Great Priory, Knights Templar, and the Supreme Council 
of the Scottish Rite. Efficient progress had been made at this and 
the subsequent meeting of May 9th, 1950 in Toronto, where the 
by-laws of the Association were adopted. The Grand Chapter in 
Nova Scotia endorsed the project. A motion that the Constitution 
be amended to the effect, that to be eligible for election as Grand 
High Priest, an Excellent Companion must have served at least 
one term in the office of Grand King, or Grand Scribe, was de- 
feated. In the election of Grand Officers which followed, Rt. Ex. 
Companion A. B. Crook was elected Grand High Priest. Following 
the installation of the elected Grand Officers, the Grand Chapter 
was closed in ample form. The Proceedings as printed are most 
complete, and carry a list of the Chapter Officers and the member- 
ship of each Constituent Chapter. There is also a very consider- 
able portion devoted to Fraternal Reviews, in which the Report 
of our Grand Chapter for 1949 has been very fully covered by the 
Reviewer, Most Ex. Comp. R. V. Harris. 

Nova Scotia is represented near our Grand Chapter by the 
present Grand Z, Most Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts. 

C.M.P. 

OHIO 

Amos H. Englebeck— Acting Grand High Priest. 

Mont. C. Hambright— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-204, Membership-60,029, Gain-1769. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-third Annual Convocation held 
in Cincinnati, October 12, 13, 1949 with R. Ex. Comp. Englebeck 
as Acting Grand High Priest. Grand Chapter having been for- 
mally opened the Grand Chaplain led in the Devotional Exercises. 

Sixteen Past Grand High Priests graced the East by their 
presence while forty-six Grand Representatives answered the roll- 
call. Distinguished guests were numerous and included delega- 
tions from the Grand Lodge, the Grand Council, Grand Com- 
mandery, General Grand Chapter, and the following Sister Juris- 
dictins, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New York, 



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Pennsylvania and Virginia. These, as well as visitors representing 
other Masonic Groups were fraternally received and most cor- 
dially welcomed. An interesting ceremony followed in the pres- 
entation of the Canadian flag, the glorious old Union Jack to 
Grand Chapter from the Grand Chapter of Manitoba. Special 
tribute was paid to the memory of M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith who 
at the time of his death occupied the office of Grand Scribe E. We 
quote the concluding words of this much appreciated tribute to 
one, who was beloved of his Companions in Canada and whose 
loss to Masonry in general proved a serious blow to the many 
branches of our Ancient Craft in all of which he was actively in- 
terested. We quote.— 

"He had more friends in our Grand Chapter than almost any other Com- 
panion who had ever visited us and I know of no one who will be more 
missed from our Convocation than Ed Smith." 

The acting Grand High Priest presented his address covering 
the period served by him and included a transcript of the official 
acts of M. Ex. Comp. V. W. Prather, whose lamented death is re- 
ferred to in feeling terms in R. Ex. Comp. Englebeck's opening re- 
marks which we quote.— 

"It is with a bowed head and a sad heart that I appear before you today 
as Acting Grand High Priest. Almighty God in His wisdom has seen fit to 
take from us our esteemed and beloved Grand High Priest, Virgil Wesley 
Prather. He was removed from our midst approximately nine months 
after installation into office. It is known to his glory that the affairs of 
the Grand Chapter were his great interest to the very end. We have lost 
a devout Mason and a Christian gentleman." 

From a sympathetic reference to the Fraternal Dead, we learn 
of the passing of M. Ex. Comp. Irving Stafford, Past Grand High 
Priest and Grand Treasurer. May we tender the sympathy of 
Canadian Masons in the sad loss of these two pillars of Ohio 
Masonry. We extract a poetic gem from the Memorial.— 

"No mystic charm, no mortal art 

Can bid our loved Companions stay; 

The hands that clasp them to our heart 
Snap in death's frost and fall apart; 

Like shadows fading with the day, 
They pass away." 

M. Ex. Comp. Paul G. Lutz was appointed Grand Treasurer 
to fill the vacancy due to the death of M. Ex. Comp. Stafford. 

Thirty-three dispensations were granted covering routine mat- 
ters none of which come under the "unusual category." 



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During the year forty-eight veterans of the Royal Arch were 
presented with Fifty Year Emblems. Visitations by both the late 
Grand High Priest and R. Ex. Comp. Englebeck are set forth in 
detail, as also are the various appointments that were made. It is 
of interest to note that a dispensation was granted for the forma- 
tion of a new chapter. 

From the closing remarks of the Acting Grand High Priest 
we extract the following.— 

"The social horizon of all our Chapters should be broadened. There 
are various things that do detract from the attendance at, and interest in 
our meetings. We do not need to, nor do we intend to compete with these 
detractions. We have within our own Chapters all the means to make 
them attractive if we but avail ourselves of the opportunities." 

And now we give you the final paragraph of a most enlighten- 
ing address.— 

"My gratitude is given to all those in the Grand Chapter who so willingly 
came forward with advice and offers of help at the time our Grand High 
Priest was taken from us. The true companionship of it all has brought 
another year to a close, and even though our pilot was removed from our 
midst, the Grand Chapter as the result of his efforts has reached port. 
"Let us all emulate the efforts of the past and with renewed energy face 
the future praying at all times that our conduct will bespeak the approba- 
tion of Almighty God." 

From a most impressive report by the Grand Chaplain on 
"Necrology," we reproduce the following excerpt which will appeal 
to every serious minded Craftsman. 

"Our Masonic teaching emphasizes and keeps constantly in the foreground, 
two thoughts which have ever been the source of that peace and content- 
ment all men seek. Namely, the thought of God and the hope of im- 
mortality. In a very real sense we are a peculiar people in that as a 
secular organization, we are banded together for one great purpose, and 
that, the perfection of human character." 

The very comprehensive report of Grand Secretary Ham- 
bright attracts our attention. We note the net gain in membership 
was 1769 despite losses from various sources of 2060. Of 204 chap- 
ters, 168 record a gain, 27 a loss, 9 remained stationary while 
but 2 reported "no exaltations", all of which appears most 
encouraging. 

We are constrained to again comment on the marvellous 
humanitarian work of our brethren and companions of Ohio in 
the operation of the Masonic Home, and the Rickly Memorial 
Hospital. The disbursements for the past year reached the enorm- 



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ous total of $529,807.00, the anticipated income for the current 
year being $483,050.00. Residents in home total 219 men, 227 
women, 23 boys and 14 girls. Truly a magnificent undertaking and 
worthy of our most generous applause. 

Henry Gruen, P.G.H.P. presented the Capitular Review and 
from a brief but decidedly interesting Foreword, we quote these 
words to which we heartily subscribe.— 

"It is sincerely hoped that in an effort to attain a certain goal in member- 
ship, we are not losing sight of the factor of quality." 

And now we turn to his review of Canada. As usual our Grand 
Chapter's proceedings are reviewed in masterful style. Nothing of 
import appears to have been overlooked. Liberal extracts from our 
Grand Z.'s address, statistical references and an extract from our 
last review are all given prominence, and merit our deep appreci- 
ation of a splendid review of our jurisdiction. Again we thank 
you M. Ex. Sir and assure you that it has been a real pleasure to 
review Ohio. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 12, 1949. 

Following the election of officers Amos H. Englebeck was duly 
installed as Grand High Priest, while Mont. C. Hambright was 
re-elected and invested as Grand Secretary. Akron was selected as 
next place of meeting. A rather pathetic touch appears in the 
presentation of the Jewel which had been prepared for her hus- 
band M. Ex. Comp. Prather to Mrs. Ruth K. Prather. 

Canada is ably represented in Ohio by George J. Kohler. Ohio 
commission in Canada is vacant due to the death of Edwin Smith 
who for many long years represented Ohio in Canada. 

OHIO 

Amos H. Englebeck— Grand High Priest. 

Paul G. Lutz— Acting Grand Secretary. 

Chapters 204, plus I.U.D. Membership 61,236, Gain-1207. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-Fourth Annual Convocation 
held at Akron, October 4th $c 5th, 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Engle- 
beck presiding. 

Grand Chapter was duly opened, followed by prayer by the 
Grand Chaplain. 



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Many distinguished guests and visitors were introduced and 
cordially welcomed. These included representatives from Grand 
Chapters of Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Pennsyl- 
vania, Virginia, and Canada. 

Associate bodies represented were, Grand Lodge of Ohio, 
Grand Council, Grand Commandery, A. & A. S. Rite, General 
Grand Chapter, Grand Encampment Knights Templar of the 
U.S.A., and Knights of the York Cross of Honour. 

The flags of the U.S.A. and Canada were then posted and all 
joined in singing the National Anthems of both countries. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Englebeck outlined in detail his 
many activities, as well as the progress made in the Grand Juris- 
diction. The loss of M. Ex. Comp. Mont. C. Hambright, the late 
Grand Secretary was severely felt and occasioned much sorrow to 
the members of this Grand Chapter and Jurisdiction. In Canada 
he was loved and greatly respected. With our Companions of Ohio 
we, in Canada, grieve over his passing. Tribute also was reverently 
paid to other distinguished Companions who have passed to the 
realms above. 

A detail of the many visits throughout the Jurisdiction is set 
forth in this address, showing an unstinted giving of his services by 
the Grand High Priest in this particular line of duty. Visits to 
other Grand Bodies also are set forth, among them being a refer- 
ence to his visit to our Grand Chapter, which was a very pleasurable 
event to us. 

A list is given of the seventy-two Companions who each re- 
ceived a fifty year emblem button— a great distinction. 

Numerous dispensations were issued for various reasons, the 
Capitular Apartments at Masonic Temple, Fairborn, were dedicat- 
ed, and four Chapters were consecrated. Some few fraternal court- 
esies were requested and some fraternal courtesies were extended. 

Several Grand Representatives were commissioned near other 
Grand Chapters, among such Commissions was one to a member of 
the Grand Council of the Grand Chapter of Canada, the vacancy 
having been caused by the passing of our late respected and beloved 
M. Ex. Comp. Edwin Smith. Nine recommendations were submit- 
ted to other Grand Bodies for the appointment of Grand Repre- 
sentatives near the Grand Chapter of Ohio. 



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A recommendation was made that each Chapter have from 
two to five members belonging to the Chapter of Research, and 
that two or three meetings be used in studying the Articles pro- 
duced by this Chapter of Research. 

The report of the Grand Secretary shows new members ad- 
mitted and re-instated 3,392, and losses through death and other 
causes 2,185 — net gain of 1,207. 

In an address given by M. Ex. Comp. William F. Clark, Grand 
High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Massachusetts at the Annual 
dinner, he makes these remarks in conclusion of his speech, stress- 
ing his belief in the importance of good work in our rites and 
ceremonies— 

"Give to your duties all that study and attention which their importance 
demands. To you who have the power of appointment, look over the field 
carefully; choose none but the best to be the life blood of your body; and 
to you, lay members on the sidelines, demand of your officers that they merit 
your loyalty and attendance, for which they ask." 

Following the election of officers, Anthony T. Vollman was 
duly installed as Grand High Priest, Henry Gruen was elected 
Grand Secretary, and the City of Columbus selected as the next place 
of Meeting. 

Our Representative in Ohio is George J. Kolher, while Alex- 
ander G. N. Bradshaw is Ohio's representative near our Grand 
Chapter. 

A.G.N.B. 

OKLAHOMA 

F. M. Lumbard— Grand High Priest. 

James A. Lathim— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-48, Membership-7382, Gain-128. 

The Sixty-first Annual Convocation held in Muskogee, April 
4th, 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Lumbard presiding. After the formal 
opening and the Invocation by the Grand Chaplain many dis- 
tinguished guests were escorted to the altar and received a cordial 
welcome. 

The visitors led by M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery, General 
Grand High Priest, included prominent craftsmen from Kansas, 
Texas, Tennessee and Missouri. Associate bodies represented were 



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Grand Council, Grand Commandery and the Grand Lodge of 
Oklahoma. 

Eleven Past Grand High Priests and forty-three Grand Repre- 
sentatives answered the roll-call and were warmly greeted. 

The masterly address of the Grand High Priest holds the 
reader's interest carrying as it does an encouraging message im- 
pregnated with lofty thoughts and ideals. After greeting all present 
in a most gracious manner M. Ex. Comp. Lumbard made sympa- 
thetic reference to the Fraternal Dead with a special tribute to 
the memory of Past Grand High Priests C. G. Wattson and Emer- 
son Burns. After dealing with changes in the Corps of Grand Rep- 
resentatives he enumerated his dispensations, these latter being 
purely administrative in character and without special interest 
to an outsider. Visitations were many and are prominently set 
forth. From the number of such functions one is inclined to won- 
der how the Grand High Priest could find time to cover such a 
broad expanse of territory. Among his recommendations is one 
for the appointment of a Committee on Education. It is note- 
worthy that throughout many of the Grand Chapters under review 
the question of Masonic Education is either in actual practice or 
under consideration. From a beautifully phrased dissertation under 
the caption of "The Challenge of Today" we extract the following,— 

"It has been said we are living in a changing world. Everywhere around 
us is evidence of continuing change; the post-war world is vastly different 
than the era which preceded it. Apostles of despair and gloom point to 
unsettled world conditions and cry out with voices of fear and trembling 
at the terrible forces of destruction set loose among us. In our present day 
society we find much to criticize and condemn, while all around us care- 
less and wanton acts continually bring about great loss of life and prop- 
erty. We are confronted and confounded with the false doctrine that the 
present is all that counts, and that man has already destroyed the future 
which for him can never exist. Nevertheless, my companions, I submit 
that in these very conditions we find the Challenge of Today. How then, 
shall we as men and Masons meet this challenge? I find the answer in 
one word— Faith. With faith in ourselves, faith in each other, faith in the 
future, and above all. with an everlasting faith in the Divine principles 
contained in the Sacred Volume upon our altars we can meet the chal- 
lenge of today." 

After a well deserved commentary on the work of the Grand 
Secretary and other officers, M. Ex. Comp. Lumbard closes a mag- 
nificent address with these lines.— 

"Peace that is deep and lasting, 
Faith that is strong and true, 
And every joy and blessing 
To brighten each day for you." 



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The report of Grand Treasurer Barbour should bring a glow 
of satisfaction to the companions of Oklahoma. The highlights of 
this report are a General Fund of $4,044.00, and Educational Fund 
of $1,041.00 and bond investments to the credit of the two funds 
of $55,575.00. 

From the Grand Secretary we learn that encouraging reports 
have been received from the Constituent Chapters and while the 
net gain was less than half of the preceding year, it nevertheless 
appeals to this correspondent as healthy, the net increase being 128. 

The reports of the six District Deputy Grand High Priests 
are most interesting and leave little doubt in the reader's mind as 
to the splendid condition prevailing throughout the Grand 
Jurisdiction. 

The report on the Masonic Charity Foundation attracts our 
attention. Apparently this worthy undertaking is sponsored by 
Grand Lodge with the assistance of other Masonic bodies. The 
assets are valued at one and one-quarter million dollars. During 
calendar year the Foundation received from Grand Lodge alone 
some $59,500.00. Truly an evidence of the sincerity of the Okla- 
homa Masons in putting into practice the cardinal virtue of charity. 

The Capitular Review is from the facile pen of Howard H. 
Skaggs. From a splendid Foreword we read Comp. Skaggs' com- 
ment on world conditions but let us quote his closing paragraph.— 

"Today Humanity faces the possibility of an Atomic-hydrogen blitz. The 
slaughter that would result will be so terrible, that the average mind can- 
not comprehend the dreadful conditions that will arise. The Atomic 
Scientists tell us that since the discovery of atomic power, man has now 
arrived at the cross-roads where he may enter into an area of peace and 
prosperity, such as has never before been known, otherwise while the 
nations of the world procrastinate our time may be running out. We 
have one alternative, it is 'Oblivion.' The forces of evil remain with us, 
we have yet to win the victory. If it were not that our faith is in the 
Great I Am, we might well falter in facing this tragic situation confronting 
all mankind." 

Forty-two jurisdictions are reviewed, but, alas Canada is not 
among the favoured few. No doubt, our proceedings failed to 
reach Comp. Skaggs in time for inclusion. The reviews are top- 
ically arranged under captions such as "statistical," "Condition of 
the Rite," "Miscellaneous, etc." Under these headings outstanding 
features from the various Grand Chapters are quoted. Very inter- 
esting but somewhat difficult to review as no Grand Chapter is 
commented upon in its entirety. 



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Following the election of officers, Roy H. Russel was elected 
and installed as Grand High Priest. James A. Lathim continues 
as Grand Secretary. Ardmore was selected as the next place of 
meeting. 

Edward Worth is Oklahoma's representative in Canada, while 
Frank E. Eldred carries our commission near the Grand Chapter 
of Oklahoma. 

OREGON 

Robert E. Dodge— Grand High Priest. 

Richard H. Tusant— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-49, Membership-7,290, Gain-226. 

The Eighty-ninth Annual Convocation held in Medford, April 
12th and 13th, 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Dodge presiding. 

At the opening ceremonies a very beautiful prayer was offered 
by the Grand Chaplain. The National Flag was then posted and 
visitors introduced and welcomed. The distinguished Companions 
were from the Grand Chapters of Washington, California and Ari- 
zona. The General Grand High Priest of the General Grand 
Chapter was also in attendance as well as the Grand Master of 
Grand Council, the Grand Master of the General Grand Council 
and the Grand Commander of Knights Templar. 

Nine Past Rulers of Oregon and twenty-six Grand Representa- 
tives were cordially received and welcomed. 

The address of the Grand High Priest outlined his many ac- 
tivities during the year. Many amendments to By-Laws, numer- 
ous dispensations, and appointments of Grand Representatives 
were listed. The Grand High Priest particularly stressed the effici- 
ency of the Grand Secretary and the courtesies and assistance ex- 
tended and rendered by that official. The year was one of great 
joy, and a belief was expressed that Capitular Masonry in all Oregon 
Chapters was in good condition. The Grand High Priest closed 
his report with the hope that the Masonic Tenets will stand for 
all time as a beacon to guide all free men. 

The Grand Treasurer reports a balance of $2,348.36, with in- 
vestments totalling $21,000.00, and a Life Membership Fund of 
$19,062.50. 



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The Grand Secretary states that 35 Chapters showed a net gain 
in membership, and despite various losses, a net overall increase 
of 226. 

The following extract from the report on Memorials gives 
food for thought— 

"The very precepts of our Order call us to this constant search for Truth, 
Beauty, Goodness, Holiness. By our own free will and choice we came into* 
these Chambers of Masonry. We came because we were convinced that 
within them were to be found experiences of fellowship and knowledge 
which would enrich our lives and ennoble our service to God and to each 
other." 

The address of the Grand Orator is worthy of note tracing, as it 
does, the progress of the United States of America during the years 
from 1900. Near the end of his discourse are these remarks— 

"When we are barred by an iron curtain, we must strengthen and expand 
where we are, always working, always striving. Certainly, unless the ideals 
of friendship, morality and brotherly love are, in some way, spread over 
the earth, mankind may well, as has been said, perish by its own inventions". 
After the elections, Herbert W. White was installed as Grand 

High Priest, Richard H. Tusant was re-elected Grand Secretary, 
and the City of Portland selected as the next place of Meeting. 

The Immediate Past Grand High Priest Robert E. Dodge pre- 
sented a cup to the Grand Chapter to be given at Annual Convo- 
cation in 1951, to the Chapter showing greatest percentage of gain 
for calendar year 1950. 

Fred A. Purdin is Canada's representative in Oregon, while 
William A. Tregenza is Oregon's representative near our Grand 
Chapter. 

A.G.N.B. 

PENNSYLVANIA 

Arthur L. Miller— Grand High Priest. 

John C. Kitselman— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-154, Membership-39,006, Gain-917. 

Quarterly Convocations held in Philadelphia March 3rd, June 
2nd, September 8th and December 8th, 1949, M. Ex. Comp. Miller 
presiding on each occasion. 

March Quarterly, Grand Chapter having been duly opened, 
received honored guests and called the roll of Grand Represent;;- 



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tives. M. Ex. Comp. Miller announced a number of appointments 
to fill vacancies in the Corps of Grand Representatives due to 
death. Just here this correspondent received a distinct shock in 
noting that Comp. George L. Gardner died at Philadelphia Janu- 
ary 17, 1949. He was not aware that a companion of almost the 
same name was active in the Grand Chapter of Pennsylvania. After 
disposing of routine business Grand Chapter was closed in due 
form. 

June Quarterly. This evening was devoted to administrative 
matters. After a reference to the distinguished dead of other juris- 
dictions Grand Chapter was formally closed. 

September Quarterly. The usual Quarterly reports were re- 
ceived and considered. We note a reference to the passing of our 
beloved Grand Treasurer M. Ex. Comp. Dr. W. G. Price, a very 
severe loss to Canadian Masonry. 

December Quarterly, this being the Annual Communication. 
Grand Chapter having been opened in Ample Form many dis- 
tinguished visitors were in attendance. These included a delega- 
tion headed by the Grand Master from the Grand Lodge of Massa- 
chusetts, the General Grand Secretary of General Grand Chapter, 
and a goodly representation from Grand Council, Grand Com- 
mandery and the Red Cross of Constantine. Sister jurisdictions 
represented were Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Con- 
necticut, Vermont, Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, New Hampshire, 
New Jersey, District of Columbia, Delaware, Quebec and our own 
Grand Z. M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts representing Canada. A cor- 
dial welcome was received by all. Six Past Grand High Priests and 
forty-two Grand Representatives were in attendance. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Miller was a comprehensive 
resume of the year's activities. The Grand High Priest has the 
happy faculty of making his yearly report decidedly interesting and 
entertaining. He prefaced his address with a cordial welcome to 
all present and then made reference to the Fraternal Dead. We 
learn with profound sorrow of the death of Samuel Shaw who for 
some years has faithfully represented our Grand Chapter in 
Pennsylvania. 

An encouraging picture of chapter progress was presented by 
M. Ex. Comp. Miller. He stated while the full objective was not 



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reached, many chapters recorded increases in membership from 
10 to 44 per cent. 

He then launched into a detailed report on his many visita- 
tions. These included Chapter and district meetings, as well as 
visits to other jurisdictions. We note with pleasure the reference 
to his visit accompanied by the M. Ex. The Grand Secretary to 
our Ottawa Convocation. It would appear superfluous to say that 
we were indeed honored, yes delighted to have him with us. 

In a reference to the financial condition of constituent chap- 
ters, he mentioned 20 chapters having liabilities of $18,055.00, 28 
chapters in poor financial condition and 9843 companions in 
arrears of dues. On the other side of the ledger he spoke of 49 
chapters with invested funds of $353,264.00, all of which no doubt 
provides Grand Chapter with food for reflection. 

He concludes a brilliant report in these words.— 

"In closing, I am deeply grateful to the Grand Officers, elective and 
appointive, who have in many instances, at great personal sacrifice, most 
graciously responded to every call upon them. Let us continue to labor 
in unanimity and success will crown our efforts." 

From the report of Grand Treasurer Frank R. Leech we find 
a financial position that appears to an outsider as sound and com- 
forting with investments totalling $146,133.00 and a Trust Fund 
of $23,400.00. 

Following the election of officers M. Ex. Comp. Miller was re- 
elected and subsequently installed as Grand High Priest while 
M. Ex. Comp. J. C. Kitselman was re-invested as Grand Secretary. 

The report on Fraternal Correspondence was by a committee 
and we note with pleasure that Past Grand High Priest Frank R. 
Leech furnished the review of Canada. We are greatly indebted 
to M. Ex. Comp. Leech for a generous coverage of our 1949 Con- 
vocation, and we are indeed appreciative of his friendly note and 
comment. He refers to M. Ex. Comp. L. F. Stephens as the lov- 
able representative of Pennsylvania in Canada, and this comment 
brings a glow of pleasure to the writer for M. Ex. Comp. Stephens 
is well-beloved by our companions in Canada. His reference to 
this correspondent's address of welcome is noted and filed away 
in our mental archives as a tribute, which we consider hardly 
deserved yet gratefully acknowledged. 



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Much space is given to M. Ex. Comp. Dean's address. Nothing 
of import appears to have escaped his scrutiny. He reminds us, 
that the Grand Secretary carries the title of Most and not Right- 
Excellent and we stand corrected. 

With regard to his question relative to the authority of our 
Grand Z. in issuing dispensations over-riding a chapter By-Law, 
we should say our constitution permits the Grand Z. to issue dis- 
pensations covering changes in chapter meeting dates. We must 
say, however, that such decisions are not made lightly and the 
Grand Z. must be satisfied, that the request is made for a legitimate 
reason. 

Again we tender thanks for a most friendly reference to our 
last review. We do appreciate your kindly comments and heartily 
agree with all that you have to say relative to rituals and our 
esoteric work. Again Companion Leech thanks for an able review 
of Canada. 

Pennsylvania, as already noted, is well represented in Canada 
by the popular L. F. Stephens, P.G.Z. We regret that at this writ- 
ing no appointment has been made to replace the late lamented 
Samuel Shaw. 

QUEBEC 

N. D. Hill-Grand First Principal. 

W. W. Williamson-Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-24, Membership-2906, Gain-82. 

The Seventy-third Annual Convocation held in Montreal, 
March 22, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was opened in Ample Form by M. Ex. Comp. 
Norman Hill. Six Past Grand Z.'s graced the East by their presence 
while twenty-five Grand Representatives answered the roll-call. 
Of course, M. Ex. Comp. Osgoode was present to respond for our 
jurisdiction. 

Among the array of distinguished craftsmen who were for- 
mally received and fraternally welcomed as visitors, we note leaders 
of the Royal Craft from Massachusetts, New York, Vermont, Maine 
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A. G. N. Bradshaw. Also, present and loyally greeted was M. W. 
Bro. L. F. Crothers, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Quebec. 
It is always a pleasure to review our sister Province of Quebec, the 
Masonic home of many priceless friendships. Historic Quebec with 
many Old World traditions and a wealth of historical events, that 
carry our thoughts back to the early days of Canada always pro- 
vides splendid material for a Capitular Review by this corres- 
pondent who appreciates and respects the honor conferred upon 
him as the Grand Representative of our neighbouring Grand 
Chapter. 

But to return to our review let us first read the inspirational 
address of our very good friend M. Ex. Comp. Hill. From the elo- 
quent introductory remarks of the Grand Z. we are constrained to 
quote the following all-too-true comment on the challenge to 
Freemasonry.— 

"If Masonry was ever needed in the world, it is needed to-day as never 
before. If its ideals were ever valid, they are valid everlastingly. Its teach- 
ings are of vital worth to-day. If the world is to have peace, and I am 
sure that is the desire of us all, we as Masons must have a part in it. We 
are sharers in the work of human brotherhood, of spreading the spirit 
of brotherly love, of sympathy, of kindness, and consideration, that shall 
help to bring concord and peace, that shall acknowledge in every thought 
and action the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of man. Let us 
resolve to seek guidance and help, so that we may be capable of rendering 
the very best service, according to the talents wherewith God has blessed 
us, to His Glory and the welfare of our fellow creatures." 

Under the caption of Necrology, the Grand Z. pays graceful 
tribute to those who during the year have passed through those 
Veils which lead to the Great Beyond. We quote from this section 
this poetic gem.— 

"There's an open gate at the end of the road 
Through which each one must pass alone 
And there, in the light we cannot see, 
The Great Architect claims HIS own. 
Beyond the Gate your loved ones 
Find happiness and rest 
And there is comfort in the thought 
That GOD alone knows best." 

Dispensations were few in number and relatively unimportant. 
After referring to dispensations, M. Ex. Comp. Hill announced 
appointments and visitations. Among these latter he recorded his 
visit to our Ottawa Convocation, and had many nice things to say 
anent the treatment, which he and his associates received at our 
hands. Be assured M. Ex. Sir the pleasure was ours as without a 



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strong delegation from Quebec, our Annual Convocation would 
indeed be found wanting. Following a brief but interesting ref- 
erence to the Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters, tribute is 
paid to the splendid service rendered by the Grand Superintendents 
and to the Grand Scribe E., who had just completed his 30th con- 
secutive year in the office which he fills so capably. 

From the closing remarks we excerpt this thought so ably 
expressed by the Grand Z.— 

"Masonry was never meant to be merely an ornamental tree: It was 
designed to bear fruit. The idealism of Freemasonry is of the highest 
type. It teaches unselfishness, it instills friendship, it promotes brother- 
hood, it brings out good will, it furthers toleration, it broadens the human 
vision and enlarges our power to benefit mankind." 

M. Ex. Comp. Hill brings to a close a sterling address with 
this quotation.— 

"Another year is gone. What we have done 
Can never be undone: for good or ill 
A chain of sequence from our acts will run 
Far down the years and have an influence still. 
'To err is human': though we've made mistakes, we fear, 
We've tried our best to choose and do the right. 
We hope the Master's verdict for the year 
May be that we've made progress toward the light." 

The Grand Scribe E.'s report is comprehensive, interesting and 
and encouraging. Notwithstanding a heavy death loss and deflec- 
tions through withdrawals and suspensions a net gain of 89 was 
recorded. All but four chapters reported an increase and these 
remained stationary. For the second time in many years every 
chapter had exaltations. 

Fiscal affairs according to the Grand Treasurer's report appear 
sound and healthy. Receipts well in excess of disbursements, a 
Benevolent Fund of $3,405.00 and total assets of $45,439.00 which 
appeals to this correspondent as an extremely happy condition. 

We have always enjoyed the reports of the Grand Superin- 
tendents of the five districts and this year we have not been disap- 
pointed. Well up to the established high standard, well written 
and most informative expresses our opinion of the reports of these 
zealous and pains-taking officers. 

From the splendid report on the Grand Z's. address we extract 
this paragraph.— 



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"The thought uttermost in our minds today, and for the past three or 
four years, is the Cold War, which still persists. The slow progress, if any, 
made toward International Peace, for which we surely yearn, is a matter 
of great Concern to us all. Our Grand First Principal reminds us that 
the real obstacles in our way,— Fear, Greed, Hatred and Suspicion, can be 
removed only by spreading abroad the Everlasting Truth of the Father- 
hood of God and the Brotherhood of Man." 

We note and appreciate the kindly reference to the great loss 
sustained by our Grand Chapter, and, in fact by Masonry in 
general in the passing of two of the outstanding pillars of Royal 
Arch Masonry in our jurisdiction, M. Ex. Comps. Walter G. Price 
and Edwin Smith, both of whom were well known and had many 
close friends in Quebec. 

And now we come to one of the high-lights of the proceedings 
of Quebec, the Capitular Review by M. Ex. Comp. W. J. Edwards, 
a talented and most interesting writer. 

From a splendid Foreword which provides food for reflection 
for the serious-minded, we quote.— 

"Which way shall I take" is the question we often hear today, amid so 
much doubt, uncertainy, fear, and even dread of the future. In any 
direction we look, we may see something to perplex and frighten us. 
But, Companions, let us not be dismayed at all this turmoil. Rather let 
us ever remember that GOD IS, and that He rules the universe and all 
things in it. A Grand Chaplain wisely sums it up in one brief sentence, 
"God is the one remedy for the evils of humanity." How helpful and 
satisfying is that thought at all times." 

And his friendly reference to his fellow-reviewers must not go 
unnoticed. Here are his closing words.— 

"So, to our fellow Reviewers we again say farewell for this time. We are 
grateful to so many of you for what you have written. To one and all 
we say Godspeed. 

May we all keep in mind these lines.— 

"Lift up our hearts, O King of kings, 
To brighter hopes and kindlier things. 

To visions of a larger good, 

And holier dreams of brotherhood." 

And now let us turn to his review of our Grand Chapter. Our 
Ottawa Convocation is covered in masterly style. All phases of 
our meeting have been noted with special note and comment on 
M. Ex. Comp. Dean's address. He even finds time to refer to this 
writer's Address of Welcome in Ottawa and to our last review for 
which we tender grateful thanks. 



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Congratulations M. Ex. Sir on your 20th review which finds 
a lofty place among the Capitular Reviews and makes for your 
opposite number in our jurisdiction, the reviewing of Quebec a 
labour of love. 

A. E. Dyson was elected and formally installed as Grand Z. 
while that beloved perennial Walter W. Williamson continues to 
labor in the office of Grand Scribe E. 

As already intimated M. Ex. Comp. A. J. Osgoode represents 
our jurisdiction in Quebec, while this correspondent plays a similar 
role for Quebec near our Grand Chapter. 

QUEENSLAND 

R. N. F. Quinn— First Grand Principal. 

S. W. Coulter-Grand Scribe E. 

The Regular Convocation of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch 
Chapter was held in Brisbane, April 6, 1949. 

Grand Chapter having been opened with due formality, the 
First Grand Principal extended a sincere welcome to all present. 
The Grand Scribe E. reported apologies received from many com- 
panions who were unable to attend. 

Tribute was paid to the Fraternal Dead with a special ref- 
erence to the passing of R. Ex. Comp. Thomas Levingston, Deputy 
First Grand Principal and a Past Grand Senior Warden of Grand 
Lodge. M. Ex. Comp. Quinn referred to him as a mighty man of 
Freemasonry. He closed an eloquent reference to Queensland's 
great loss in the passing of Comp. Levingston with these lines.— 

"Softly comes life's evening twilight 
Gently stealing o'er our heads; 
Bringing after life's stern struggle 
Peace, that glorifies the dead." 

From an inspirational address by M. Ex. Comp. Quinn, we 
quote the following which will appeal to all who are privileged 
to read this address.— 

"The nature and purpose of our Order was designed and laid down in 
the dim and distant past, and continues to be recognised as one of the 
most inspiring plans ever devised; its proportions are great; it has grace 
and balance, with a combination of strength and delicacy which appeals 
to all; and yet, although its shape and character is well-defined, it is not 



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yet finished; the work proceeds steadily, with an enchantment which 
attracts countless thousands to labour under its banner in complete har- 
mony with the general design— the scope of its aspirations, the beams of 
light from its principles creates a conviction that herein stands, and has 
stood for centuries, and will continue to stand, a great edifice for worship 
and exaltation, shining forth with a flame of enthusiasm which impels 
each member to give effect to its principles in his vocation. It is a great 
challenge for individual creative effort." 

Thirty-five Grand Representatives answered the roll-call and 
were extended a welcome. 

The report of the Grand Committee deals with all adminis- 
trative matters and covers much of the work done by special com- 
mittees in Canada. It records appointments to the Corps of Grand 
Representatives, refers to the Ceremonies of Consecration of a 
number of Constituent Chapters and lists visitations to the various 
chapters. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates that despite rising 
costs which have increased disbursements, the balance sheet records 
finances sound and healthy. 

The address of the Grand Lecturer on the bearings of the 
Twelve Tribes of Israel is intensely interesting, instructive and 
educational. If space permitted we should like to reproduce this 
splendid dissertation on a truly Royal Arch subject, but alas, it 
is not possible for us to do so. We, however, quote a verse which 
he informs us comes from the Royal Ark Mariner's degree.— 

"For though the moon's pure brightness but reflects 
By borrowed ray the glory of the sun, 
Yet moon and stars and flowerets of the field 
All equally set forth the power of Him 
Who made them all: the Architect Divine." 

Grand Chapter was closed in Ample Form and Solemn 
Prayer. 

The Annual Convocation was held Octover 5, 1949, with 
M. Ex. Comp. Quinn presiding. 

Past Rank was conferred upon a number of active companions 
for meritorious service to the Royal Craft. 

From a report of the Board of Benevolence, we note that this 
Board has been very active during the year and reports the Fund 
has approximately $50,000.00. 



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M. Ex. Comp. Quinn was unanimously re-elected First Grand 
Principal and formally declared. Following the election and 
appointment of the various officers all were installed and invested 
according to our Ancient Rites. 

After dealing with various reports and disposing of a number 
of routine matters, Grand Chapter was closed in Ample Form 
and with Solemn Prayer. 

Canada is most faithfully represented in Queensland by 
Comp. J. Shirra Sr., Queensland's representative near our Grand 
Chapter is Comp. Neil A. MacEachern. 

RODE ISLAND 

Daniel O. Cargill— Grand High Priest. 
Edward M. Wheeler— Grand Secretary. 
Chapters— 15, Membership— 5,364, Loss— 7. 

The One Hundred and Fifty-third Annual Convocation was 
opened at Providence on March 14th, 1950 with M. Ex. Comp. D. 
O. Cargill presiding. Prayer at the Altar by the Associate Grand 
Chaplain, followed by the singing of one stanza of "America." 

Distinguished Guests from Sister Jurisdictions included repre- 
sentatives from Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New ork, and Massa- 
chusetts. Also representatives from the Ancient Accepted Scottish 
Rite in R.I. Also M. Ex. Comp. H. B. Rice, M. Wor. Grand Master. 
Twenty-nine Grand Representatives were formally welcomed. 

The address of the Most Ex. Comp. Daniel O. Cargill was very 
lengthy and impressive. Quoting from his opening remarks: 

"Rhode Island and our Grand Chapter have been particularly honored this 
year in that Providence was selected by the officers of the General Grand 
Chapter for the purpose of holding a regional meeting for the convenience 
of the Grand Chapters in this area. It was well attended by representatives 
of the constituent Jurisdictions and I appreciate the loyal support of the 
present and Past Grand Officers and the interests shown by the Royal 
Arch Companions of the State. The three sessions held Saturday were 
enthusiastically attended, very instructive and will do much to guide and 
inspire the Grand Officers of our Chapters in their efforts to plan the 
further advancement of Royal Arch Masonry. We truly welcome to our 
Convocation M.E. Companion Earl E. Dusenbery, General Grand High 
Priest, M.E. Companion Robert F. Janes, General Grand King, and the 
other officers and representatives who could tarry with us." 






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It is noted with deep regret the heavy loss by death, including 
many high ranking Past Officers. 

"They have finished with wile and weakness, and weariness and pain. Yes, 
they rest from them. But their works are with them." 

The Grand High Priest has been most active in his visitations, 
in both his own and Sister Jurisdictions. Also he made many visits 
to coordinate bodies. His leadership will certainly bear fruit. 

All the reports indicate a very sound and encouraging outlook. 
There is a note of enthusiasm throughout the entire proceedings. 

In the closing remarks of the Most Ex. Grand High Priest he 
leaves the following message: 

/'At times we are discouraged by adverse conditions which we find about us 
in the world— man's inhumanity to man— greed— and the scramble of superior- 
ity by force. There is no better time to contemplate what Masonry has done 
and can do. Masonry teaches us to build men who can change the world 
and right its wrongs. 

"Let us look for light in the darkened skies which still hang over the 
world: for the day when peace shall reign and men shall dwell together in 
brotherhood. The Great Architect of the Universe still controls His creation 
and always will." 

The Convocation of Rhode Island Convention of anointed 
High Priests was held March 25th, 1950. 

Norris G. Abbott is the representative for our Grand Chapter 
in Rhode Island while Edward H. Brennan represents Rhode 
Island near our Grand Chapter. 

J.A.M.T. 

SASKATCHEWAN 

Walter E. Bristowe— Grand Z. 

Alfred A. Wilson— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-25, Membership-2427, Gain-118. 

The Twenty-sixth Annual Convocation held in Prince Albert, 
May 20, 1949 with M. Ex. Comp. Bristowe presiding. M. Ex. 
Comp. Bristowe opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form. Thir- 
teen Past Grand Z.'s and twenty-nine Grand Representatives were 
in attendance. 

Distinguished visitors included representatives of the General 
Grand Chapter and the Grand Chapters of Alberta and Manitoba. 



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Their welcome was most cordial being received with the customary 
Grand Honors. After a civic welcome from the Mayor of Prince 
Albert, the Grand Z. delivered his annual address. From his open- 
ing remarks we extract the following.— 

"It is one of the great privileges of Freemasonry in this country to be 
able, at least temporarily, to cast aside the cares and worries of everyday 
life, and relax in the enjoyment of the company of our Fellows and Com- 
panions, and for this privilege, which we too readily take for granted, 
we should be supremely thankful." 

Reference was made to the illness of His Majesty the King, 
who as a Past Grand Master had personally installed the Duke of 
Devonshire as Grand Master of the Mother Grand Lodge of Eng- 
land. Visitations are set forth in detail and make interesting read- 
ing and are indicative of the great amount of time spent by M. Ex. 
Comp. Bristowe in this phase of his duty. 

Dispensations were not numerous and cover purely routine 
matters. After listing his appointments, the Grand Z. closes a 
somewhat brief address with a tribute to the splendid service ren- 
dered by the Grand Scribe E. and other members of Grand Chapter. 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that disbursements were 

somewhat in excess of receipts with a cash position of $2,494.00 
and total assets of $6,133.00. 

The report of the Grand Scribe E. is fairly comprehensive 
and provides a clear-cut picture of conditions in Saskatchewan. 
Eighteen chapters record an increase, six show a loss with one 
chapter remaining stationary. With a loss of 116 through death 
and other causes Grand Chapter nevertheless reports a net increase 
of 116 members. Combined with his report, M. Ex. Comp. Wilson 
gives a resume of the Conference of Canadian Grand Chapters 
which he was delegated to attend. We have read with interest 
the reports of the five District Superintendents. Perhaps no officer 
of Grand Chapter is as close to the constituent chapters as the 
Grand Superintendent. As a result we find in the reports of these 
zealous and painstaking officers, a fair indication of conditions 
throughout the jurisdiction. The reports this year are well up to 
the standard and clearly indicate that the Royal Craft in Saskat- 
chewan is moving ahead in line with conditions throughout the 
Capitular world. 

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to quote this tribute to the splendid leadership of M. Ex. Comp. 
Bristowe.— 

"We are pleased to make the observation that by his wholehearted 
enthusiasm, attractive personality and fine fraternal spirit he has ren- 
dered valuable service and made a worthwhile contribution to the welfare 
of the Royal Craft and we congratulate him upon completion of a year 
in which Royal Arch Masonry in Saskatchewan has again made substan- 
tial progress." 

Due to the illness of the Reviewer no published reviews appear 
in the proceedings, but the committee presented a brief report on 
Fraternal Correspondence. We are glad to note that next year 
Saskatchewan plans to continue the published review of Sister 
Grand Chapters. 

From a fitting tribute to the Fraternal Dead, the following 
attracts our attention.— 

"Space was their coverlet, 
Time was their bed; 
Years were their pillows 
(Not soft, they said) . 

Life was their slumber, 
Dreams were their breath; 
Then— the surprising thing, 
Waking was death." 

H. Stanley Bell was elected and duly installed as Grand Z. 
Alfred A. Wilson, as to be expected, was re-elected Grand Scribe 
E. while Moose Jaw was selected as the next place of meeting. 

M. Ex. Comp. Lome Johnson is our representative in Saskat- 
chewan while Alex. Solitt represents Saskatchewan near our Grand 
Chapter. 

SASKATCHEWAN 

H. Stanley Bell-Grand Z. 

Rlfred A. Wilson— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-25, M embership-2,504, Gain-8 1 . 

The Twenty-fifth Annual Convocation held in Regina, on 
Monday, May 15th, 1950 was opened in ample form by M. Ex. 
Comp. H. Stanley Bell who was supported by fifteen Past Grand Z's. 

This splendid array of past presiding officers offers a most im- 
pressive sight and when presented were cordially greeted by the 
Grand Z and Companions. Their numbers are in strong contrast 



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to the very few who remain in our own Grand Chapter after the 
inroads of the years, as we have only five. 

Many distinguished guests were introduced including M. Ex. 
Comp. Earl E. Dusenberry, General Grand High Priest of the 
General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons and also P.G.H.P. of 
the State of Iowa, Me. Ex. Comp. E. I. Waller, G.Z., Manitoba 
with Rt. Ex. Comp. W. A. Wybom, G. H. and Mrs. Ex. Comp. J. V. 
Dillabough, M. Ex. Comp. Dr. Ben. S. Bailey, Rt. Ex. Comp. H. 
Wilson, and Rt. Ex. Comp. W. M. Boyd, all of the Grand Chapter 
of Manitoba; our own M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, G.Z. and Rt. Ex. 
Comp. Fred J. Johnson our Grand Scribe E., M. Ex. Comp. Harold 
Bentley, G.Z. of Alberta, with M. Ex. Comp. S. Fred Hand, P.G.Z., 
Melvin M. Downey, P.G.Z., J. E. Rannard, P.G.Z., H. W. B. Bell, 
P.G.Z., and Rt. Ex. Comp. A. Peart, G.H., all of the Grand Chapter 
of Alberta; M Ex. Comp. W. R. Trench, P.G.Z. of the Grand 
Chapter of British Columbia; Ex. Comp. Jas. A. Peters, Grand 
Chapter of Montana: M. Ex. Comp. Carl A. Moore, G.H.P. of the 
Grand Chapter of California; M. Ex. Comp. A. G. Tverberg, 
G.H.P. of the Grand Chapter of North Dakota. All were warmly 
welcomed by the G.Z. The list of guests is quoted to indicate the 
wide spread representation present. 

M. Ex. Comp. Bell in a short but comprehensive address 
welcomed the visitors to Saskatchewan and its Capital City, point- 
ing out that the increased attendance occasioned by the sectional 
meeting of the General Grand Chapter made it necessary to change 
from Moose Jaw to Regina for more adequate facilities. Then fol- 
lowed a concise resume of the world outlook, and a tribute to the 
departed Companions, with a comprehensive record of his travels 
in the interests of Capitular Masonry outside as well as within 
his own Jurisdiction which indicated an exceedingly busy and 
profitable year in which satisfactory progress had been made, 
although the term had been all too short to see the accomplishment 
of all his hopes. He recommended consideration of a two-year 
term. 

After expressing thanks for all the support accorded his efforts 

he closed with: — 

"I do not know 
Where falls the seed that I have tried to sow 
With greatest care 
But yet, I hope each seed will grow 
And bring forth fruit 
Sometime .... Somewhere". 



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Thirty-three Grand Representatives answered the roll call 
and we note our faithful Representative for Canada, M. Ex. Comp. 
Lome Johnson was present. 

The reports show a steady advance in membership, eight 
Chapters out of twenty-five qualifying for the General Grand 
Chapter's Certificate for a 10% or better increase in membership 
during the year. The funds showed an net increase of $730.57. 
A number of revisions to clauses of the Constitution were ap- 
proved. One dealt with defining the sash as having "the purple 
diamond on the exposed side." 

This report carries an interesting account of the General Grand 
Chapter Regional Meeting in the Saskatchewan Hotel, Regina, 
on May 15th, immediately proceeding the Annual Convocation 
where the subject of "The Advancement and Extension of Royal 
Arch Masonry" was the theme of the papers and discussions, at 
the morning and afternoon sessions. Our Grand Z was honoured 
by the invitation to speak on "Spiritual Values of Capitular 
Masonry" after the concluding dinner in the evening. 

M. Ex. Comp. J. F. Lunney was installed as G.Z. and M. Ex. 
Comp. Alfred A. Wilson continues as Grand Scribe E. 

Rt. Ex. Comp. C. Alex. Sollitt of Peterborough is the Grand 
Representative of Saskatchewan near our Grand Chapter. 

C.M.P. 

SOUTH CAROLINA 

Hugh N. Layne— Grand High Priest. 

O. Frank Hart--Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-34, Membership-3655, Gains-252. 

The One Hundred and Thirty-seventh Annual Convocation 
held in Chester April 19, 1950. 

Grand Chapter was formally opened by M. Ex. Comp. Layne. 
Six Past Grand High Priests and twenty-eight Grand Representa- 
tives were presented and officially greeted. 

Distinguished guests included representatives from the Grand 
Chapter of Virginia, the Knights Templar, Grand Council and 
the Potentate of Omar Temple. 



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The address of M. Ex. Comp. Layne provides some very 
interesting reading which may be classed as informative and 
educational. He appears to write with a facility that is altogether 
entertaining. 

From his introductory remarks the following attracts our 
attention.— 

"Royal Arch Masonry has existed in South Carolina as an organized Grand 
Chapter since 1812. It has grown in membership in prosperous times; it 
has become weak and faint under adverse conditions. Yet it has 
maanged to survive and take a new lease on life, though nearly a 
century and a half old. Do we not find in this experience that Capitular 
Masonry possesses something of such great value to its members that so 
long as freedom endures and so long as the desire for knowledge stirs 
within the human breast, this Rite shall never be permitted to perish." 

After a sympathetic reference to the death of forty-four Com- 
panions of the Jurisdiction he spoke hopefully of the future of 
Royal Arch Masonry in South Carolina, exaltations for the year 
being greater than any previous year. During the past ten years 
membership increased from 1425 to 3655, truly a very encourag- 
ing report. From the address we learn that M. Ex. Comp. Layne 
although Grand High Priest is also the presiding High Priest of a 
constitutent Chapter, which from a Canadian viewpoint is extra- 
ordinary to say the least. No doubt the constitution of South Caro- 
lina differs from the constitution of our Grand Chapter in this 
respect. Visitations, dispensations, decisions and appointments are 
all fully covered by M. Ex. Comp. Layne. We learn with interest 
of the restoration of Charters to two Chapters that have been in- 
operative for some time past. 

From The Grand High Priest's closing comments we extract 
the following.— 

"Longfellow has said: "All are architects . . . building on the walls of 
time." It seems in these troubled and restless days that there are two 
types of workmen in this land of ours. The builders and the wreckers. 
One performs constructive labors; the other destructive. We cannot doubt, 
in the face of the mountain of corroborative evidence, that there are 
those who are methodically working to destroy our freedom and overthrow 
our government. Something must be done to thwart these malicious and 
destructive plans. 

"The strongest arm in support of democracy in the secular world today 
is in the York Rite of Masonry." 

Thus closes a very fine address. 

The Grand Treasurer reports cash in bank as $6,790.00 with 



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investments totalling $29,880.00, which appears to this corres- 
pondent as a sound fiscal position. 

The highlight of the Grand Secretary's report is a net increase 
in membership of 252. 

Henry F. Collins as Fraternal Correspondent presented his 
review of the Capitular Craft. This, by the way, is Comp. Collins 
sixteenth annual report, and as usual is well up to the standard 
he has established. We note his reference to Fraternal Reviews, 
and regret that we cannot agree with his comments on the subject. 
We feel that these Fraternal Reviews are the silver cord that binds 
together the Capitular Craft wheresoever dispersed throughout the 
Masonic world. 

We note that the reviews this year are in abridged form deal- 
ing only with the outstanding features of the various Grand Chap- 
ters under review. Canada's 1949 Convocation is briefly covered 
with a reference to our Grand Z.'s address, and a generous extract 
from our last review for which we tender thanks to our contempor- 
ary in South Carolina. 

Following the Election of Officers A. J. M. Wannamaker was 
installed as Grand High Priest, while the veteran O. Frank Hart 
again assumes the responsibility of Grand Secretary. 

Florence was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened April 19th, 1950. 

Apparently Canada's commission in South Carolina is vacant 
as no appointment has as yet been published. Herbert F. Thomson 
is South Carolina's representative near our Grand Chapter. 

SOUTH DAKOTA 

Herbert F. Stevens— Acting Grand High Priest. 

Elvin F. Strain— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-33, Membership-3488, Gain-237. 

The Sixtieth Annual Convocation held in Mitchell October 
25, 1949 with R. Ex. Comp. Stevens, Grand King, presiding. 

It is with profound regret that we learn that Grand High 
Priest Byron S. Payne died suddenly May 30, 1949. The late Com- 



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panion was an ardent Mason active in practically all branches of 
the Craft, a member of the legal profession and a well beloved 
and respected citizen of Pierre. His untimely demise removed from 
the orbit of Masonry a brilliant Craftsman and we in Canada 
lender our sincere sympathy to our friends in South Dakota in their 
sad loss. We quote the last lines from a tribute to his memory.— 

"His great life will long be remembered. The Companions of South Dakota 
will miss his loyal service, his advice and his wonderful friendship." 
"In peace that only Thou cans't give 
With Thee, O Master, let me live." 

R. Ex. Comp. Stevens opened Grand Chapter, followed with 
prayer by the Acting Grand Chaplain and the presentation of the 
United States colors. Thirteen Past Grand High Priests and fifteen 
Grand Representatives were in attendance. Visitors were legion 
hailing from the Grand Chapters of Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, 
Iowa and North Dakota. General Grand Chapter was also well 
represented. The Grand Commander, Knights Templar and the 
M. Wor. the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of South Dakota 
graced the meeting by their presence. Needless to say all were 
warmly welcomed and escorted to the East. After an address of 
welcome from the local chapter Roscoe R. Walcutt, General Grand 
Secretary, was received into Honorary Membership. 

R. Ex. Comp. Stevens presented an address covering the official 
acts of M. Ex. Comp. Payne and handled a very difficult assignment 
in a graceful manner. We quote from his opening remarks with 
reference to the late Grand High Priest. 

"To me, he is beside me now and in taking this position as I 
am today, I want you all to know that this is his meeting and I am 
only doing to the best of my knowledge and ability and in a very 
humble way, the things he would desire to have done." 

Visitations are fully set forth, dispensations also are given com- 
plete coverage. These latter deal with purely administrative mat- 
ters. Reference was made by Comp. Stevens to the effect, that 
Grand Chapter was organized in Mitchell sixty years ago. After 
an impressive reference to the Fraternal Dead, he spoke hopefully 
of conditions in South Dakota. He stressed the fact the prevailing 
sentiment was more light and urged that the esoteric work be kept 
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The Grand King closed an admirable address with these 
lines.— 

"Lord, my heart is not haughty, 

Nor mine eyes lofty, 
Neither do I exercise myself in great 

matters, or in things too high for me." 

From the Grand Treasurer we learn that finances are sound 
with receipts in excess of expenditures and investments totalling 
$5,000.00. 

The Grand Secretary's report is quite comprehensive and de- 
cidedly interesting. Thirteen chapters reporting a 10 per cent or 
better gain in membership with a net gain throughout the juris- 
diction of 237. 

From a very beautiful report on Necrology we quote.— 

"Masonry is an institution made up of men. Let us challenge ourselves 
to be men in the high sense of the word. Our minds, our convictions are 
being infringed upon. Good men are surrendering to the constant pres- 
sure of a never surrendering and ever cruel materialism. Holy things 
once held sacred are too often crowded into second place. Moral percep- 
tion is dulled to the point of surrender. Let us rediscover the true values 
of life." 

"Where are the draperies fresh or frayed 

The plumes, the armours, friend and foe? 
The cloth of gold, the rich brocade. 

The mantles glittering to and fro, 
The pomp, the pride, the royal show, 

The cries of war and festival, 
The youth, the grace, the charm, the glow, 

Into the night go one and all." 

Robert S. Hart, P.G.H.P. presented the Capitular Review and 
while retiring as Reviewer last year was induced to carry on for 
another year. We give you his opening remarks.— 

"One year ago I sang my swan-song as Reviewer. A little later, our Grand 
High Priest Payne rather urgently requested me to hold the place another 
year. While I considered and debated the matter with myself, the list of 
Committees was printed. Unlike Abu Ben Adhem, mv name did not lead 
all the rest, but it was on the list, same old job. So, like the 'Divine Sarah,' 
I'm here again for another 'farewell tour'." 

The review follows and is intensely interesting well up to the 
M. Ex. Companion's established standard. While he does not re- 
view in detail the proceedings of all Grand Chapters, he extracts 
a few highlights here and there that are quite informative. He 
closes with the following.— 



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"This may seem a strange REVIEW, but review it is, being derived largely 
from a study of the doings of other Grand Chapters. My purpose, as 
always heretofore, has been to advance and advantage our own Grand 
Chapter; otherwise I am a dead twig on the tree. 

"And now, another farewell to this delightful, but somewhat onerous task. 
May my successor find as much of pleasure in it as I have." 

We shall be sorry to lose Comp. Hart from our circle of cor- 
respondents, but apparently he has finally decided to retire. His 
writings as a correspondent will stand for a long time as a tribute 
to a brilliant and expert Masonic Craftsman. 

Herbert F. Stevens, as to be expected, was elected and installed 
as Grand High Priest. The office of Grand Secretary continues the 
responsibility of Elvin F. Strain. Pierre was selected as the next 
place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened October 24, 1949. 

Charles L. Clampitt carries Canada's commission in Canada, 
while D. C. Patmore plays a similar role for South Dakota near 
our Grand Chapter. 

TENNESSEE 

Granville V. Elmore— Grand High Priest. 

T. E. Doss— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-72, Membership-1 1,738, Gain-793. 

M. Ex. Comp. Elmore opened Grand Chapter in Ample Form 
after which the Devotional and Patriotic exercises were observed. 
The Grand High Priest had the support of nineteen of his Past 
Grand High Priests. Forty-seven Jurisdictions were present in the 
persons of their Grand Representatives, Canada as usual being 
well represented by R. K. Roney, Sr. 

Escorted to the East and fittingly honored were delegations 
from the Grand Chapters of Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Mis- 
souri, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Also present and formally 
welcomed were the rulers of Grand Council, Grand Commandery 
and the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Elmore was at once interesting, 
educational and sufficiently comprehensive to provide the reader 
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After a most friendly reception to all present and a brief but 
impressive reference to the Fraternal Dead, M. Ex. Comp. Elmore 
gave a graphic account of his many visitations, both within and 
beyond his own jurisdiction. Following a list of appointments he 
spoke of one chapter having received its charter and announced 
the issue of dispensations for the formation of three new chapters. 
(This surely indicates a healthy condition.) Dispensations were 
few in number and all dealt with purely administrative matters. 
Among his recommendations is one to set up a retirement plan for 
salaried employees of Grand Chapter. This is a worthy objective 
but something entirely new to this correspondent. It is noted that 
no action was taken on this recommendation, but the matter was 
referred to the Committee on Jurisprudence for a report at the 
next Grand Convocation. The Grand High Priest brought a very 
fine address to a conclusion by paying well deserved tribute to the 
assistance rendered by the Grand Secretary, the Past Grand High 
Priests and officers of Grand Chapter. 

Finances appear sound according to the Grand Treasurer's 
report with receipts of $17,808.00, disbursements of $14,453.00, a 
cash balance on hand of $21,664.00 and investments approximating 
$30,000.00. 

From the report of the Grand Secretary we learn that twenty- 
seven chapters recorded an increase in membership of 10 per cent 
or better, while Grand Chapter as a whole advanced in member- 
ship to the extent of 793. This appears to this writer as a splendid 
record of achievement. 

We are most interested in the plan adopted by Grand Chapter 
to keep foremost in the minds of the companions, the great work 
accomplished by Past Grand High Priests. Each year biographical 
sketches of a group of these past rulers appear in the proceedings. 
This means that the names of these Past Grand High Priests are 
not consigned to the limbo of forgotten men. 

The report on Correspondence was again the product of the 
pen of J. J. Walker, P.G.H.P. and is well up to his established lofty 
standard. From an inspiring Foreword we quote his opening words 
and his concluding paragraphs.— 

"Companions: The noiseless feet of time have paced another year and the 
activities of Capitular Masonry have been recorded into history. 
The Chinese are turning to Masonry as a cure for Communism and the 
Royal Craft is being revived in Germany. 



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We gratefully acknowledge the favorable comments given the work we 
have presented in Tennessee by the Knights of the Round Table, and are 
gratified that our Grand Secretary, M. E. Comp. "Teddy" Doss, is so 
highly complimented as an "exponent of the Royal Craft." 

Congratulations to our opposite number in Tennessee are due 
for a splendid Foreword and Review. We forgive him for his omis- 
sion of Canada and assume that we are not included through failure 
on our part to furnish in time our last proceedings. We have, how- 
ever, enjoyed his reviews and shall look forward to next year when 
we trust that Canada will find its usual place among those juris- 
dictions under review. 

Following the election of officers E. B. Blankenbecler was in- 
stalled as Grand High Priest. T. E. Doss continues in the office of 
Grand Secretary, a position he graces so efficiently. 

Charles Fotheringham is privileged to represent Tennessee in 
Canada, while as already noted, we are most capably represented 
in Tennessee by R. K. Roney, Sr., whose election to the office of 
Grand King is noted with much pleasure. 

TEXAS 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation of the Grand Royal 
Arch Chapter of Texas was opened in due and ample form by the 
Most Excellent Grand High Priest C. S. Woodward, on the 5th 
day of December, 1949, in the City of Waco. One of the first items 
in the proceedings was the presentation again of Companion John 
J. Lay, the oldest Mason in Texas if not the oldest Mason in the 
World, who had reached the great age of 104 years. 

The Invocation by the Grand Chaplain, "we thank Thee for 
those who have worked in the quarries during the past century 
and brought up good and square work, just such work as should 
be put into the building of the Temple, and because of that good 
work we today have an institution whereof we are glad," un- 
doubtedly created the proper setting for this Grand Convocation. 

Thirteen Past Grand High Priests were present. Any Grand 
High Priest is fortunate to have such a wealth of experience and 
ability at his command. 

In the address of Grand High Priest Woodward we note the 
granting of warrants for new Chapters, and read with pleasure 



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his visits to Chapters and other Masonic gatherings. He speaks with 
glowing pride of their greatest activity "Home for Aged Masons." 
His pride is justified, the name of Woodward has been for many 
years closely connected with this truly Masonic project. The Man- 
ager of this Home is none other than the Grand High Priest. We 
regret that space will not permit us to report more fully. It would 
appear that an amount of over $820,000.00 has been contributed 
by Grand Chapter, and each Companion contributes one dollar 
annually. 

The report of the Grand Secretary shows a net increase of 
approximately two thousand, with a total membership of over 
forty thousand. The Grand Treasurer's report gives a sound fin- 
ancial condition. 

It is not surprising that the Grand Orator, Comp. V. R. Wood- 
ward, a brother of the Grand High Priest, should stress the work 
of this Home for Aged Masons. "I firmly believe that a kindly Di- 
vine Providence still works through men and Masons whom God 
can depend on. I actually believe that our Capitular Masonry 
was co-existent with Symbolic Masonry. I believe that Capitular 
Masonry has been co-existent with the human race and co-extensive 
with civilization and the spread of Christianity. I am convinced, 
however, that we shall never have in reality the Fatherhood of God 
and the Brotherhood of Man until all men everywhere shall have 
the true Light and Word, and the source of my authority for 
making this statement is found in that blessed Book which graces 
every true Masonic Altar." His closing paragraph, "may we carry 
the precious seed of Faith and Hope for the Eternal Day where we 
shall see again those stalwart Masons who builded well our Home." 
finds an echo. Would that these words were implanted in every 
heart! 

An apt description of their Home; "The beautiful flowers that are there 
that God has given them! The beautiful shrubbery, and the shades and the 
home of Comfort, a place of peace and a place where God's name is revered 
and honoured, and where men meet to pray, and with the elderly people 
to sing, and where thy Servants have preached the Gospital through these 
years." 

The review of Canada by R. L. Joiner, Chairman of Fraternal 
Correspondence is most complimentary. The hand of M. E. Comp. 
Gardiner has been halted and will write no more these informative 
reviews, and those who attempt to carry on appreciate with you 



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the tremendous effort made by our late Companion. We are 
touched and thank you for your reference. 

With the closing words of the Grand Chaplain "we pray 
Thee to consecrate us in every phase of our lives, that we may ak 
ways strive to do the thing that is well pleasing in Thy sight," this 
Grand Convocation concluded its reporting of active Masonic 
efforts. 

The Deputy Grand High Priest, M. E. Comp. Herbert Wheeler, 
was elected Grand High Priest, the Secretary Frank Oldham re- 
elected, and Waco is to be again the place of meeting. 

Our Grand Representative near Grand Chapter of Texas, 
Comp. Temple Morrow, was not present, and William E. Gowling 
of Ottawa, a true Mason, represents Texas near our Grand Chapter. 

J.M.B. 

VICTORIA 

Walter Kemp-Grand Z. 

H. O. Thomas— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-96, Membership-8040, Gain-525. 

Quarterly Convocation July 21, 1948 held in Melbourne with 
M. Ex. Comp. Kemp in the chair. 

After opening Grand Chapter in Ample, Antient and Solemn 
Form and the singing of the National Anthem, representaives of 
eighteen Sister Jurisdictions were formally received and welcomed. 

M. Ex. Comp. Kemp's address was brief in the extreme. He 
referred to Royal Arch Masonry being on the up-grade, with in- 
creased interest and a vast improvement in the Work. He, also, 
paid tribute to the Grand Chapter Choir for the excellence of its 
rendition of the musical ceremonies. Feeling reference was made 
to the many distinguished Royal Craftsmen whose deaths had been 
recorded since the last Convocation. Dispensations granted were 
few in number and included one to permit the formation of a new 
chapter at Bacchus Marsh. After receiving quarterly reports Grand 
Chapter was closed in Ample Form. 

Quarterly held October 20, 1948. From the address of the 
Grand Z. the following is noted.— 



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"It becomes increasingly important that the qualifications of each candidate 
for exaltation should be carefully scrutinised, and it is incumbent upon 
proposers, seconders and the scribes of constituent Chapters to make quite 
sure that the credentials of proposed exaltees shall be in perfect order, and 
in particular that no candidate under a ban of exclusion from any Lodge 
or other Chapter shall be admitted to our ranks." 

After referring to the Fraternal Dead, calling the roll of 
Grand Representatives and receiving financial and other reports, 
Grand Chapter officially welcomed M. Ex. Comp. Dr. J. L. Ros- 
siter, First Grand Principal of Western Australia. 

Quarterly held January 19, 1949. After the ceremonial open- 
ing of Grand Chapter M. Ex. Comp. Kemp addressed the Com- 
panions and from his remarks we extract the following.— 

"In the troublous times through which this and other countries are now 
passing it is indeed comforting to find that in our Chapter meetings it is 
still possible to find a body of men of independent thoughts who are still 
capable of appreciating the viewpoint of their companions even when not 
exactly in accord with their own." 

At this Convocation nominations for ensuing year were re- 
ceived. It is noted that G. C. Kingscott was unanimously the 
choice of the Companions for Grand Z. and was declared duly 
elected. After receiving the usual reports Grand Chapter was 
formally closed. 

Quarterly held April 20, 1949 with M. Ex. Comp. Walter 
Kemp presiding. Thirty-five Grand Representatives were extended 
a welcome. R. Ex. Comp. Allan Grant responded for Canada. 
Apologies were received for non-attendance and Grand Rank was 
conferred on a number of Companions for meritorious service to 
Royal Arch Masonry. 

It is interesting to note from the Financial Statement pre- 
sented that the assets of Grand Chapter approximate $35,000.00. 

The installation and investiture of the elected and appointed 
officers followed. M. Ex. Comp. Kingscott was placed on the 
Throne with due regard for the Antient customs. From his re- 
corded address we quote.— 

"The Most Eminent, in his address, said he felt that the most important 
part of his recent obligations as First Grand Principal was the prayer 
with which it concluded. The prayer to the M.H. for help to enable him 
to fulfill his promises. It was a great ideal, and he trusted all Companions 
would join him in that prayer, because, if any good was to be done, they 
must have Divine help, and if we are to advance this spiritual fellowship, 
we must all regard ourselves as instruments of the M.H." 



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Grand Chapter closed in Ample, Antient and Solemn Form. 

Victoria is represented in Canada by S. G. Newdick while as 
already mentioned Allan Grant carries Canada's commission near 
the Grand Chapter of Victoria. 

VICTORIA 

G. C. Kingscott— Grand Z. 

H. O. Thomas— Grand Scribe E. 

Chapters-95, Membership-8,489, Gain-408. 

The report of the 61st Annual Convocation and Proceedings of 
the Supreme Grand Chapter of Victoria for the year ending April 
1950 has come into our hands and the Grand Scribe Ezra, Most Em. 
Comp. H. O. Thomas, P.G.H. is to be congratulated on the splendid 
presentation of the year's work in Capitular Masonry in Victoria. 
The work of the Supreme Grand Chapter is done in quarterly Con- 
vocations, the first held in Freemasons Hall, Melbourne on July 
20th, 1949, the second on October 19th, 1949, the third on January 
18th, 1950, and the final quarterly Convocation on the 19th of 
April 1950. In each case, M. Em. Comp. G. C. Kingscott, the Grand 
Zerubbabel opened the Grand Chapter in ample, antient and 
solemn form. We are delighted to note that Rt. Em. Comp. Allan 
Grant, P.G.H. our Grand Representative in Victoria has answered 
the roll call for our Grand Chapter at each of these quarterly 
meetings. 

In each quarterly communication, after the confirmation of 
the minutes of the preceding Convocation, the M. Em. First Grand 
Principal delivered a short but comprehensive account of the pre- 
ceding quarter's activities and visits, paying tribute to the memories 
of those who have passed to the Grand Chapter Beyond; then 
reviewing the progress of Capitular Masonry in the whole Juris- 
diction. A most interesting feature of these meetings is the short 
address or lecturette of approximately ten minutes, dealing with 
some aspect of Capitular Masonry, History or Tradition and sym- 
bolism. These talks, which were recorded in full, make the reading 
of the proceedings most entertaining and instructive and remind 
us of how similar our teachings and aspirations are, though separat- 
ed geographically by many miles. 

There is no doubt but that this Grand Chapter is making good 
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The Proceedings record fully, all communications received 
from Sister Jurisdictions, but they include no attempt to review 
the Proceedings of any of these other Grand Chapters. M. Em. 
Comp. G. C. Kingscott was re-elected the First Grand Principal for 
the ensuring year. We note with regret that the Grand Scribe E 
had been laid aside through illness, and we join with his fellow 
Companions in wishing him a complete and speedy recovery. 

Very Ex. Comp. S. G. Newdick of Toronto, represents Victoria 
near our Grand Chapter. 

C.M.P. 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA 

Dr. J. L. Rossiter— First Grand Principal. 

A. W. B. Gleadell— Deputy First Grand Principal. 

H. C. Anderson— Grand Scribe E. 

In the review of Western Australia in our Proceedings of last 
year, mention was made of the fact that the First Grand Principal, 
M. Em. Companion Dr. J. L. Rossiter, had paid a visit to Canada, 
and had met M. Ex. Comp. C. M. Pitts, as well as the Grand 
Second and Third Principals. 

He was taken ill on board ship to England, but after a short 
period of recuperation there he determined to proceed to Western 
Australia. However, he became worse and arrived home seriously 
ill; being ordered to take a six months' vacation for treatment 
and recuperation. We are pleased indeed to report that he has 
now almost completely recovered, and is once more active in 
Capitular Masonry in his Jurisdiction. 

During his illness he was once more chosen to head the 
Grand Chapter in Western Australia, surely an unquestionable 
proof of the estimation in which he is held by his Companions. 

The membership of Royal Arch Masons in Western Australia 
continues to increase, and petitions are continually being received 
for the formation of new Chapters, no less than five having been 
dealt with during the year. As the area of Western Australia is 
975,920 square miles as compared with 407,262 square miles for 
Ontario, it can readily be understood that the matter of visitation 



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is no light one "Down Under." But "the spirit is willing" and 
ways are always found to keep in touch, regardless of distance. 

On his return to Perth, Dr. Rossiter had many interesting 
comments to make on the visit to England and Canada, with par- 
ticular reference to the differences in matters Masonic. The demo- 
cratic elections of officers by the rank and file, and the lack of 
"Official Dignity" aside from that due the office, particularly 
appealed to him. Dr. Rossiter, however, thought our Masonic 
Bodies were too large, so that there is not the Companionship to 
be found in the smaller Bodies. Usually a membership of fifty is 
considered sufficient, and rarely does it reach the hundred mark. 

As reported previously, in Western Australia the Cryptic 
Degrees are conferred by Grand Chapter, but the higher Degrees 
are only conferred on Past Principals of Constituent Chapters. 
At a ceremony held on October 30th, 1950, there were 62 Installed 
Principals who received these beautiful Degrees at the hands of 
the First Grand Principal. 

The Grand Chapter of Canada is represented in Western 
Australia by R. Em. Comp. W. H. Berry, who is now enjoying a 
well-earned holiday in England. The Grand Representative of 
Western Australia near the Grand Chapter of Canada is R. Ex. 
Comp. W. J. Shaw. 

WISCONSIN 

William W. Burns-Grand High Priest. 

Ward A. Rowbottom— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-101, Membership-1 8,161, Gain-333. 

The Ninety-ninth Annual Convocation held in Oshkosh, May 
3, 1949 with M. Ex. Comp. Burns presiding. 

After music by the Grand Organist, Grand Chapter was opened 
and distinguished guests received. These included leaders of 
Masonry from Illinois, South Dakota, Indiana, Michigan, Minne- 
sota and Colorado. Associate bodies represented Royal and Select 
Masters, Knights Templar and the Grand Lodge. 

Fourteen Past Grand High Priests and thirty Grand Repre- 
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The address or report as it is called of the Grand High Priest 
provides interesting reading covering as it does all phases of the 
year's work. 

M. Ex. Comp. Burns' introductory remarks include a warm 
welcome to all present following which he spoke feelingly of the 
loss of 363 companions, who having completed their earthly cycle 
entered into rest during the year. 

Many appointments are listed and it is with more than passing 
interest, we note that the commission of Grand Representative 
near our Grand Chapter was issued to James W. Woodland. May 
we say that Wisconsin's interests will be well protected by the one 
and only Jimmy Woodland. The Grand High Priest enumerates 
his many visitations and it would appear that he gave generously 
of his time and talent in discharging this important duty. 

Dispensations sought were many and varied and with few 
exceptions were granted. One declined was for the purpose of 
conferring the Mark Degree in an out-door arena. This appeals to 
this correspondent as something most unusual, certainly unheard 
of in our jurisdiction. From a comment on the Condition of the 
Craft we excerpt the following.— 

"Have we become stagnant for the want of proper working tools or leader- 
ship? Are we inclined to be complacent in the thought of having reached 
our saturation point? Whatever your answers may be, take an inventory 
of your 'stock in trade'; set your house in order and resolve to become a 
going concern in the greatest Fraternal Organization in the world." 

The address concludes with an expressed hope for the suc- 
cess of the incoming officers of Grand Chapter. 

The financial status of Grand Chapter as indicated in the 
report of the Grand Trustees appears exceedingly healthy from an 
outsider's viewpoint. The cash balance appears as $15,655.00 with 
investments of $18,900.00. 

The report of the Grand Secretary records a net increase in 
membership of 333. It is interesting to note that the combined 
assets of chapters and Grand Chapter total over a quarter of a 
million. 

From an eloquent report on Obituaries the following is 
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"They have placed their mark upon the things earthly and received their 
just reward. They have travelled to that 'undiscovered country from whose 
bourne no traveller returns.' In the sight of the unwise they seemed to 
die: and their departure is taken for misery, and their going from us to 
be utter destruction: but they are in peace." 

A committee making a study of landmarks defined the ancient 
landmarks of Masonry as follows.— 

"Thus we find that Ancient Landmarks are 'those Masonic usages, customs 
or laws which are considered fundamental principles of Freemasonry,' and 
'essentials which cannot be modified or amended without changing the 
character of the Fraternity' and must 'command universal observance by 
all Masons'." 

While no doubt there may be a wide difference of opinion in 
this regard, this correspondent is inclined to accept the commit- 
tee's definition as sound and reasonable. 

The question of establishing a charitable foundation resulted 
in a recommendation from a special committee that the matter be 
indefinitely postponed. 

The Report on Foreign Correspondence is from the pen of 
Ward A. Rowbottom P.G.H.P. We find ourselves woefully short 
of superlatives to properly express our appreciation of his Fore- 
word. It is a gem brimful of lofty thoughts and ideals. We quote 
a few lines.— 

"Personally, we feel that we should not hide our Masonic Light under a 
bushel, but should go abroad in our land preaching, teaching and 
demonstrating our Masonic ideals, principles and values that mankind in 
general, regardless of whatever faith or creed they may possess, should be 
made to realize that a Mason, primarily, is an upright citizen, true to his 
Country and his God, and that Masonic teachings urge the practice of the 
Golden Rule in our daily living and that those of us who are true Masons, 

do believe that Masonry is a WAY OF LIFE." 

"God give us the necessary strength of purpose to carry the Torch of 
Masonic Ideals high enough for all to see and always at the head of all 
worthwhile undertakings. For, by so doing, we would be BUILDERS FOR 
GOOD which is our ultimate mission." 

Turning to the review of Canada we find an extremely brief 
reference to our 1948 Convocation. M. Ex. Comp. Rowbottom 
states that the address of our Grand Z. is well worth study. He also 
refers to the valuable suggestions contained in the Report on Con- 
dition of Capitular Masonry. 

It has been a real pleasure to review Wisconsin and we tender 
thanks to Comp. Rowbottom for his review of our jurisdiction. 



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Wisconsin's representative near our Grand Chapter is the 
newly appointed James W. Woodland, while Canada's representa- 
tive in Wisconsin is the ever-faithful Oscar E. Peterson. 

WISCONSIN 

Blaine D. Carlton— Grand High Priest. 

W. A. Rowbottom— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-101, Membership-18,418, Gain-257 

The One Hundredth Annual Convocation held in the City of 
Milwaukee, May First and Second 1950, with M. Ex. Comp. Blaine 
D. Carlton presiding. 

The Grand High Priest extended a warm welcome to some 
twenty distinguished guests, including Roscoe R. Walcutt, P.G.H.P. 
of Ohio, General Grand Secretary and personal representative of 
Earl E. Dusenbury, General Grand High Priest; also R. Ex. Comp. 
Jas. W. Woodland, Grand representative from this Grand body. 

The Color Guard which presented the United States Colors 
proves that co-operation is really working in the York Rite Bodies 
of Wisconsin, as the Standard Bearer was the Grand Master of 
Masons of Wisconsin, A. W. Elmgreen, and the Guard of Honor 
consisted of Irving L. Heller, Grand Commander, and Oscar L. 
Anderson, Most Illustrious Grand Master. The Colors were pre- 
sented, placed in their station and all gave the pledge of allegiance. 

The report of the Grand High Priest is very beautifully set up 
and shows the great amount of time, talent and energy put into it. 

There are two paragraphs in his report which are specially 
interesting as follows: — 

"Companions, we are not the largest Grand Chapter in existence, either 
in the number of Constituent Chapters or Companions, but I sincerely 
believe, and I say it with all due respect to our good Companions from our 
Sister Grand Chapters who are our guests today, that we are one of the 
best. According to the latest available statistics we, with 30.3 per cent, 
are second only to Rhode Island in the percentage of Master Masons in our 
Jurisdiction who are also Royal Arch Masons. 

"I am particularly proud of this record because we have attained it without 
having had to resort to the conferring of the Royal Arch Mason degree 
on large classes of candidates. We have always held, and I hope that we 
always shall hold, to the principle that this degree cannot be conferred upon 
more than three candidates at one and the same time. We have always 



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believed that every candidate for this Most Sublime Degree of Ancient Craft 
Masonry is entitled to be an active participant in every part of this degree 
as it is conferred upon him, and every Companion who has become a Royal 
Arch Mason in a Wisconsin Chapter has had the degree conferred upon him 
personally." 

The Grand High Priest expresses his deep feelings for the loss 
of 396 of his loved Companions, including many of the faithful 
workers. He gives a few lines of the Memorial Service. 

"Dead? No, not dead! In our Mystic Brotherhood we live forever. 

"Our union is eternal. We know that the soul is immortal. That which 
men call death is but the liberation of the Divine Essence, which, for a 
brief time, is imprisoned within these earthly bodies— the transition of the 
human soul into a fuller, freer life." 

"So long as we believe in such a philosophy, our mourning at the death of 
a beloved Companion cannot be because he has passed from this life to what 
we know to be a better one, but for ourselves in that our earthly association 
which him has ended." 

The Grand High Priest speaks very complimentary of the work 
of all Grand Chapter Officers during the year, which has made his 
year both pleasant and successful. 

CENTENNIAL YEAR 

1950 marked the One Hundredth Anniversary of this Grand 
Chapter. It is very noteworthy to mention their growth. In 1900, 
the semi-Centennial year their membership was 6,145, as compared 
with 18,418 in 1950. 

A very good friend of this Grand Body Oscar E. Peterson 
carries Wisconsin Commission, while the Commission for Wisconsin 
in Canada is carried by Jas. W. Woodland of Toronto. 

J.A.M.T. 

WYOMING 

Howard D. Peverley— Grand High Priest. 

Forest G. Wheeler— Grand Secretary. 

Chapters-20, Membership-2501, Gain-120. 

The Forty-first Annual Convocation was held in Cheyenne 
September 13, 1949 with M. Ex. Comp. Peverley presiding. 

After the opening ceremonies and prayer by the Grand Chap- 
lain visitors were introduced and fraternally welcomed. These in- 
cluded delegations from Nebraska and Iowa, the Grand Com- 






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mander, Knights Templar and M. Ex. Comp. Earl E. Dusenbery, 
General Grand High Priest, with an escort of General Grand 
Chapter officers. 

Sixteen Past Rulers of Wyoming and twenty-five Grand Rep- 
resentatives were also presented and formally greeted. 

The address of M. Ex. Comp. Peverley attracts our attention. 
It covers much territory in a limited page space and is well worth- 
while. 

After a most friendly welcome to the visitors and delegates 
M. Ex. Comp. Peverley gives full coverage to his many visitations. 
Under Necrology he speaks sadly of the numerous deaths during 
the year, and closes this section with the following verse.— 

"There must be something after death; 

Behind the toil of man, 
There must exist a God Divine 

Who's working out a plan; 
And this brief journey that we know 

As life, must really be 
The gateway to a finer world 

That someday we shall see." 

Appointments, installations and a reference to the constituting 
of a new chapter follow. The address closes with a very fine tribute 
to the Grand Secretary and other Officers for the assistance ren- 
dered during the Grand High Priest's tenure of office. 

The Grand Treasurer's report indicates a cash balance of 
$5,254.00 with investments totalling $10,000.00 in United States 
Bonds. 

We are particularly interested in the Grand Secretary's report. 
He states that a gain in membership of 120 is recorded. This is 
remarkable in that Wyoming has suffered almost continual losses 
for the past fifteen years. He refers to the fertile field for member- 
ship in the Craft Lodges, whose membership is 10,767, and of this 
number but 23 per cent are Royal Arch Masons. 

From a beautiful report on Necrology we extract the following 
well known and well beloved poem.— 

"Here was a friend whose heart was good, 
Who walked with men and understood. 
His was a voice that spoke to cheer, 
And fell like music on the ear; 
His was a smile that men loved to see; 



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His was a hand that asked no fee 
For friendliness or kindness done. 
And now that he has journeyed on, 
His is a fame that never ends; 
He leaves behind uncounted friends." 

We find no report on Correspondence, but hope that the day 
may not be too far distant when Wyoming will take its place 
among the chapters who today are making the Fraternal Review 
a feature of their proceedings. 

Elected as Grand High Priest William E. Searle was installed 
into office, while Forest G. Wheeler was re-elected and invested as 
Grand Secretary, Lander was selected as the next place of meeting. 

The Order of High Priesthood convened December 1, 1948. 

Robert Clark is Wyoming's representative in Canada, while 
the commission of Canada in Wyoming is vacant at the present 
time. 



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